Two area educators with a passion for teaching about the Holocaust are going to Europe next month, with the help of a grant that provides travel opportunities for teachers.
Jenks High School teacher Nancy Pettus and Bixby Middle School teacher Jean Bundy recently received a $7,500 grant through Fund for Teachers that will enable them to get a closer look at history as they visit Holocaust-related sites throughout Europe.
Fund for Teachers is a foundation that provides opportunities for pre-K through 12th-grade educators to enrich their own education and that of their students.
Pettus, a world literature teacher who offers an elective each year related to the Holocaust, said she thinks the perspective she’ll gain from visiting Holocaust-related sites in Poland, Germany, and other European countries will help to make her “a more credible witness” to students.
“I’m certain we’ll learn a lot,” Pettus said of the experience, which will include visits to museums, memorials, concentration camps and other locations.
“You’re just a more credible witness if you can say you’ve been there.”
The teachers’ trip is scheduled for June 14-26.
Bundy, who teaches English and offers a 12-week Holocaust study, said she is grateful for the opportunity she and Pettus received.
“They (Fund for Teachers) want teachers who have a passion for something to keep that passion going,” she said.
“It’s just an awesome program.”
Bundy and Pettus said they’ve known each other for some time, and they’ve participated in Holocaust-study-related programs together.
When they found out that they were among those chosen to receive a grant, Bundy said they were excited that they would be traveling as a team while learning more about a subject that is so important to them.
“We were thrilled we got it,” Bundy said.
“Most teachers would not be able to enhance their teaching this way without financial help.”
For more about Fund for Teachers, visit www.fundforteachers.org.