Top Teacher: Sister Pat Coward

By Jennifer Serda - email | bio

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The girls at St. Vincent's Academy in Savannah are learning about the Holocaust. Their teacher Sister Pat Coward has been teaching the Comparative Literature class, or Holocaust Studies, for 11 years now catering her lesson plan to each class.

"My course, if you will, is hand tooled to what they want to know or feel they need to know," explained Sister Coward. "Plus the topic of the Holocaust receives different attention nationally and internationally as each year progresses, at one time we talked just about the people involved and what happened to them as if they were passive receivers of this action and now there is a focus on that people had choices they needed to make."

The class is an elective for the students and is only offered for one semester. Sister Pat decided to offer the course after a test run with a few students and realized how little many knew about this important time in history.

"I found out how little they really know about the Holocaust and the questions were just fired off day after day after day so they kept me on my toes doing more and more research and after that course was over and we did a few more piece they said you need to have a course just for the Holocaust so that is what I did," she said.

"I try to tell my girls that after they have their time with meeting with the survivors that they become the story tellers, they become the carriers of that story and it is important for them to repeat what they have learned," said Sister Coward.

For preserving an important piece of history in her students, Sister Pat Coward is a WTOC Top Teacher.

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