• Teacher tapped for Holocaust museum fellowship

    Lori Raybold, English teacher at Hamburg High School since 2001, has been accepted as a national Museum Teacher Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the fellowship is to develop a corps of skilled teachers who can serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools, communities and professional organizations. Mrs. Raybold was selected after a competitive application process with teachers around the country. Her background, dedication and leadership were cited.
    As a fellow, she will receive five days of all-expense paid training at the Holocaust Museum with 15 other teachers, where she will meet and learn from leading historians, activists and educational leaders from around the country and world. She will have the same opportunity in summer 2017. In turn, she will be asked to create a project that will expand the museum’s scope in Western New York. Mrs. Raybold said she looks forward to sharing the museum’s resources with her students and colleagues.
    Mrs. Raybold is co-founder of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo, as well as a teacher-leader for the New Generation Staff of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo.
    She said her interest in learning more about the Holocaust started as a teenager after reading “Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Viktor Frankl.
    “Since then I have tried to take as many classes and attend as many conferences as I could to learn more about the Holocaust, other genocides and human rights issues,” Mrs. Raybold said. “I am heartbroken at the level of human suffering in the world and anxious to do what I can to help prevent it and to help repair the world in any way I can.”
    She is the second Hamburg teacher selected for this fellowship, joining her colleague Jim Gang, who was chosen three years ago.
    -- May 4, 2016