Pictured from left: Board of Regents Commissioner John King, Drew Beiter, Regent Robert Bennett and Chancellor Merryl Tisch at the Board of Regents meeting in Albany on June 24.
SPRINGVILLE—Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo board member, Andrew Beiter, received the New York State Louis Yavner Award for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, given by the chancellor and commissioner of education.
The award was established to recognize teachers in New York state who make outstanding contributions to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. Beiter works tirelessly to strengthen compassion, respect and understanding in the classroom and throughout the world. He has been leading the HRC’s New Generation Initiative, which includes innovative student, teacher, community and survivor outreach and education.
Beiter is following in the footsteps of HRC board member Clayton Adams, who won the award in 1985.
Andrew Beiter is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Springville Middle School, where he coordinates their Students for Human Rights Club.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Philosophy from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Fredonia State College, Beiter is a Regional Education Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center for Tolerance in Kansas and the director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies in Buffalo.
As a board member for Buffalo for Africa and the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, he has organized numerous workshops on human rights and genocide prevention and also serves as the co-director of the Education Department of the Robert H. Jackson Center. He was also part of a team that wrote a curriculum for Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power and currently serves on the committee directing this program.
He is the national winner of the 2008 Irena Sendler Award for Repairing the World, the 2009 Toby Ticktin Back Award for Holocaust Education, and the 2009 New York State United Teachers Local Leadership Award.
He has been married for 18 years to his wife Mary, is the father of Margaret and Mitchell Beiter and lives in Hamburg.
He recently interviewed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria with journalists Nick Kristof and Lara Setrakian.
Founded in 1983, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is committed to heightening public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. This is achieved through documentation and personal testimony of local holocaust survivors, through the education of future generations with in-school visits and presentations, and through a wide-range of in-service workshops, along with the distribution and loan of educational materials for teachers. For more information visit http://www.holocaustcenterbuff.com/