Flora M. Singer came through incredible adversity with a focus on the positive, Board of Education President Shirley Brandman said Tuesday.
By naming a new elementary school in Silver Spring after Singer, it sends a historical message of Holocaust remembrance, but also is a tribute to a former Montgomery County Public Schools teacher, board members agreed.
Singer, a former foreign language teacher, was a Holocaust survivor who helped create the system’s Holocaust curriculum. She died in 2009.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday to name Downcounty Consortium Elementary School #29 as Flora M. Singer Elementary School.
“Hopefully there are many generations of children who will say, ‘Who was Flora M. Singer,’ and that will guide them and help them on their way,” said Brandman (At large) of Bethesda.
The 95,000-square foot school will open in August at 2600 Hayden Drive, with space for 640 students in 30 classrooms, serving the Albert Einstein High area.
The new school’s principal Kyle J. Heatwole said that Singer once taught at Albert Einstein High.
Heatwole lead a school naming committee comprised of 15 community members, including parents of future students, who recommended naming the school after Singer, rather other names suggested by community members and the board such as Forest Glen Elementary and Josiah Henson Elementary.
Singer’s daughter, Sandra Landsman, thanked the board for the honor, stating that it remembers all Holocaust survivors.
“I am really just overwhelmed,” Landman said, choking on her words as she neared tears. “I think many people look back in time over their lives and can think of a teacher or someone who supported them and who affected their lives, and I think this naming does support teachers everywhere, because they are certainly under recognized and underappreciated for their work.”