Rhonda Ireland, a Lee’s Summit North social studies teacher, was recently selected as a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum fellow.

Rhonda Ireland, a Lee’s Summit North social studies teacher, was recently selected as a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum fellow. Ireland was chosen after an extensive application process and is among 14 fellows selected this year from schools throughout the United States.

Being named a fellow is a prestigious designation for Holocaust educators. The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program began in 1996 and now includes 246 highly skilled educators within secondary schools. The fellows organize conferences, lead workshops, write curricula, serve on boards of Holocaust museums and education centers, lead study trips to Holocaust sites and serve as conduits to the museum for educators, institutions, professional organizations and community groups in their regions.

Fellows also participate in a five-day, all-expense paid summer institute at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Following the summer institute, fellows are expected to create and implement an outreach project in their schools, colleges, communities or professional organizations.