Lise Marlowe

Cheltenham Educator Honored for Keeping Holocaust Stories Alive

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Congrats to Lise Marlowe, a sixth-grade teacher at Elkins Park School in the Cheltenham School District, and member of the Cheltenham Education Association, for winning PSEA’s Celebrating Excellence Award this year in the category of Educational Leader. She has strived to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive for her students, community, and temple.

Lise brings survivors into her classroom to talk to her students, hires Temple University students to film their stories, and has written short books about several of them. Twenty years ago, she set out to teach her students about the enormity of the lives lost in the Holocaust. She asked students how long it would take to draw 6 million stick figures to represent the people killed in the Holocaust. Some thought it would take a few weeks or months. Two decades later, her students have drawn about 1.3 million stick figures, representing only the children under age eight who were killed.

With the number of Holocaust survivors dwindling, Lise tells her students that after they hear a survivor’s story, it is now their story to tell others.