Holocaust Educator,Consultant,Speaker

Professor Richard A. Gair, MA
Holocaust Educator
Valencia College, Orlando Florida

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Professor Gair, 1946, 1963, 2013
Richard A. Gair, M.A.
Professor of Holocaust Studies & Reading
Valencia College, East Campus
Orlando, Florida 32825
Office- Building 8, Room 132

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Thanks to the Valencia Foundation and Abe and Tess Wise of the Holocaust Education Center for the Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies that has been awarded to me five times.  This award enabled me to travel with the Jewish Labor Committee and a group of fellow educators from across the USA to visit and study at various Holocaust sites, concentration camps, former ghettos in Poland as well as Israel's Holocaust Memorial and Study Center at Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighter's House.  In addition it enabled me to attend and graduate from The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem during the Summers of 2008, 2009, and 2010, as well as visit Holocaust sites in Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. These trips have enhanced my background and skills and will  bring more knowledge to my students in my course "Multimedia-Literature of the Holocaust". I am eternally grateful for these opportunities to grow as a Holocaust educator.

E-Mail Address For Students To Use (Do not use any others.)- rgair@mail.valenciacollege.edu
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Summer 2013 Office Hours (Building 8, Room 132)
(407) 582-2641
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 to 9:30 In My Office and 1 to 2 By Cell Phone
AOL-AIM Online Screen Name- OrlandoProf (School related chat only!)

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35 years as an educator: After a successful  career as a New Jersey Public School educator for 25 years, I moved on to the college level.  This new phase of my career allowed me to have an integral part in Developmental Education on the college level.  In August 19, 2003, I proudly joined the faculty of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida (repeatedly cited as one of the top community colleges in the nation), and the 2012 Winner of the Aspen Award as the number one community college in the nation.   As of July 2011 Valencia became a four year institution.


Degrees and Advanced Education

* Graduate Courses to the level of Masters Plus 80 in areas of concentration that include curriculum development, supervision, gifted and talented education, elementary school administration, learning disabilities, cooperative learning and most recently film theory and criticism with an emphasis on the depiction of the Holocaust in film.
* National University, California, Graduate work in the area of Film Theory and Criticism with an emphasis on how the Holocaust is depicted in film and television, 2008
* Masters Degree in Reading Education
, Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), 1982
* Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), 1977

Areas of Expertise and Community Involvement

  Holocaust Education Awards and Accomplishments

* Five time recipient of the Abe & Tess Wise Endowed Chair in the Study of the Shoah at Valencia College
* Graduate of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, July 2008 and July 2009
* Presenter at the 6th International Holocaust Educators Conference at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, July 2008
* Leader of Annual Study Abroad Holocaust Trips to Poland for Valencia College
* Completion of the Belfer 1 and Belfer Next Step Teacher Training Courses at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC (July 2001 & July 2002)

* Completion of the 5 day residential seminar by the NJ Council of Humanities entitled "Literature of the Genocides" (July 2001)  
* Participation in the state project for the NJ Council for the Humanities on the topic of "Women and the Holocaust"
* Completion of a 5 day residential seminar on "The Holocaust and Human Behavior" with Facing History and Ourselves in New York (August 2002)
* Representative for the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education at the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Task Force annual convention (December 2003)
* Former active Member of the South Jersey Holocaust Education Center Board of Directors (Education Committee) Katz JCC, Cherry Hill, NJ
* Current active member of the Holocaust Education Outreach Committee, Holocaust Resource Center, Maitland, Florida
* Development and implementation of a middle school course, "Literature of the Holocaust" (Spring 2002)
* Presenter at the New Jersey Education Association Convention of workshop "Literature of the Holocaust in Middle School" (November 2002)  
* Presenter of Holocaust Education workshops for teachers at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Cherry Hill, NJ (January 2003)
* Presenter at the annual Central Florida Holocaust Education & Resources Center Summer Teacher Training Institute
* Participant in the Summers 2006 & 2007 Jewish Resistance and Holocaust Teacher Seminar in Poland & Israel
* Teach a course entitled "Literature and Multimedia of the Holocaust" at Valencia College, Orlando, Florida
* Completion of the annual seven day Florida State Holocaust Educator's Institute at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
* Completion of the annual five day Martin and Doris Rosen Holocaust Symposium, Boone, NC
* Presenter of workshop "Literature of the Holocaust as an Instructional Approach" FDEA (Florida Developmental Education Association) October 2006
* Presenter of workshop "Literature and Media of the Holocaust" at the 2007 Annual Holocaust Educator's Institute, FSU (Florida State University), June 2007
* Presenter of workshops on Nazi Propaganda and Resistance During the Holocaust at the Courage to Care Traveling Exhibit, Valencia College, October 2012.

Special Tribute: 

Fake ID Card for Vladka MeedI would like to take this space to recognize the passing of a great lady.  Vladka Meed, former smuggler and courrier during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising passed away on November 21, 2012.  Vladka was instrumental in developing the training program for teachers that I took part in during the 2006-2007 years.  Almost 1000 of us have been blessed with the experience of being chosen for her teacher training program.  It was her spirit and belief in the power of resistance in all its forms that we are now charged with passing on to our students.  I join my fellow Holocaust educators across the world whose lives have been enriched by her influence and dedication to the memory of the Shoah and its victims.  I know there is a special place in heaven for this lady who fought for the dignity of her fellow human beings during the darkest time in our history as a people.  May you rest in piece Vladka!
New Jersey Teaching Certificates

* Reading Specialist (K-College)
* Reading Teacher (K-College)
* Elementary Teacher (K-8)
* School Supervision
* Elementary Principal

Approved New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider


Reading-Language Arts

* Reading Education Specialist
* "Basic Reading Skills" instructor at the community college level  
* Writing / Language Arts- Writing Process / The Reading-Writing Connection
* Development of a Writer's Workshop manual for teachers

Curriculum Development

* Curriculum and course design in various content areas  
* Technology specialist and advisor on various district curriculum development projects to integrate technology into the curriculum
* Five years teaching Gifted and Talented Grades 1-5 (Graduate work on teaching the Gifted)

If you would like a copy of my resume you may download it in Adobe Acrobat format here. Get Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

Florida Curriculum and Community College Resources

Florida (Sunshine State) Standards
Florida Department of Education-Florida Community Colleges

E-mail-  rgair@cfl.rr.com or hobajo@aol.com

Your comments are welcome.

Road Runner of Central Florida

Special Note:  Mr. Tom Lewis is a former 6th grade student of mine.  Tom is now a man in his late 30's.  Tom is a very special friend.  We have maintained a close relationship over the many years that have passed.  Tom has cerebral palsey.  This however,  has never stopped him from going to college, obtaining his Associate Degree and developing his inner talents.  I am proud to announce that Tom has just produced is first music CD.  I am also proud to be privileged to have Tom as a friend.  If you are interested in learning more about this remarkable man and would like to order a copy of his CD just follow this link to Tom's Place!

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