Mrs. Margaret Weiss Crouch is a 1962 graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School. Margaret works in a unique professional field that has universal lessons: The Holocaust. Her mission as a Holocaust education consultant, since 1996, is to educate teachers, students and the general public about the history of the Holocaust and the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society and to help encourage tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society.
Margaret’s journey to Holocaust education is inspirational for all students because of the circuitous rate it took. She grew up in Summerdale, one of four children of a Bethlehem Steel worker with limited income. She knew she wanted to be a teacher from early on and admired her favorite East Pennsboro English teachers, but also knew that she would have to fund the expense of education herself. She was determined. She won various scholarships and worked summers and three jobs simultaneously while attending college. In 1966, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Elizabethtown College, got married, taught college courses, had two children, and returned to the University of Delaware where she received a master’s degree in education in 1980, while raising her family. She returned to teaching college in 1980, and was an English professor for 16 years with one year as an academic dean at Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington Delaware.
In 1996, Margaret went on to receive a doctorate in education from Wilmington College in Delaware. Her personal journey serves as a role model to students today. She went from small-town girl, knowing absolutely nothing about the holocaust and Judaism, to being an expert on the Holocaust and expanding educational material on it. She has spent the past 20 years learning the history and the truth about the Holocaust and educating others about a subject she has absolutely no connection to other than humanity and a passion to validate her mentor, Dorothy’s survival, as well as every other Holocaust survivor and to remember those who perished.
Margaret’s work benefits all school districts and communities and is available for all districts and communities. She wrote curriculum for use in the classroom as part of her doctoral dissertation, The Holocaust in Undergraduate Education: A Status Survey and Interpretive Synthesis of Topics, Textbooks and Resources. The DVD of local survivors, liberators, and rescuers she interviewed and the accompanying users’ guide she co-authored is available for any classroom to provide eyewitness accounts of their experiences during the Holocaust.
Margaret has once stated, “If I witnessed a crime, I’d report it. I’ve witnessed the evidence of this crime, so I must report it.” She hopes that her personal journey will inspire others to achieve, and make a difference.