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UW–Madison alum Lurie to receive 2019 National Teacher of the Year honor

May 01, 2019

UW-Madison alumnus Robert Lurie will receive the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Lurie will be recognized on June 17 in New York City during the Spirit of Anne Frank Awards ceremony and charity gala.

Robert Lurie
Lurie is a social studies teacher at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan, where he introduces his students to a wide diversity of faiths and cultures, fostering opportunities for direct engagement with survivors and immigrants from a variety of backgrounds. His students are connected to educational and humanitarian causes throughout the world, including India, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Europe, and elsewhere.

Through travel, guests, Peace Corps, and Skype sessions, his curriculum ensures that students understand the world's ongoing history of genocide.

As the director of an international professional learning community at Michigan State University, Lurie has created a podcast on "Educating Newcomers" as a guide for faculty to welcome international students and refugees, and to gain a more practical understanding of the opportunities and challenges they bring.

Lurie earned his bachelor's degree in social studies education from UW–Madison's School of Education in 1982.

This National Teacher of the Year honor is ​given out each year at the Spirit of Anne Frank Awards ceremony to educational leaders who have proven exceptional in their school, institutions, and communities. This honor recognizes leadership demonstrated in the desire and drive to foster awareness and combat intolerance, especially though innovative curriculum, initiatives that address human rights, and always striving to create positive change.