Carolina Simon has been educating people of all ages about the Holocaust, American History, injustice, civil rights, respect, civility, and Tolerance for more than 20 years. After receiving her B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Loyola University New Orleans she was accepted into the University of Texas at Dallas for their M.A. in Humanities (Literary Studies) program where she graduated having focused on Holocaust and Ethnic literature. Throughout her education she studied under the direct instruction of distinguished professors such as Dr. Blanca Anderson, Dr. Cynthia Haynes and Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, all who significantly helped shape her teaching style. In 2006 her students from Miami Central Senior High School created an African American story quilt telling the story of Tolerance after having read Night by Elie Wiesel and having visited the Museum of Jewish History in Miami Beach and the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach. The quilt today is part of the Jewish History Museum's Mosaics collection. In 2010, she began the annual Interfaith Yom Hashoah event at Florida Memorial University (an HBCU), In 2018 she created the first year-long Holocaust program in a middle school and inaugurated the Harold & Judy Simon Holocaust Memorial Butterfly Garden at Loggers' Run Middle School, inspiring her Holocaust Memorial Butterfly Garden initiative. She has seen how students in their formative years, particularly in grades 8-10 develop empathy, embrace diversity, and become productive leaders in their communities as a result of her programs. In her pursuit of professional development and growth Ms. Simon has attended a variety of educator workshops, seminars, and professional travel opportunities including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC, Centropa Teachers Seminar, Centropa Summer Academy in Europe, Facing History and Ourselves (webcasts, workshops, and seminars) including a week-long event in Boston, various lecture series from FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education and the prestigious Alfred Lerner Fellowship through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at Columbia University studying under the direct instruction of such notable Holocaust scholars as Peter Hayes and Edward Westermann. In 2018 Ms. Simon was awarded the Gutterman Family Holocaust Educator of the Year award for her work with middle school students in Palm Beach County.
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