Ivy SchamisTeacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Ivy Schamis is an award-winning social studies teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School, where she has taught for 18 years. On February 14th, 2018, while teaching about how to counter hate groups on college campuses, a former MSD student shot and killed 2 of Ivy’s students and wounded others. Despite this tragedy, Ivy continues to educate and inspire youth to make “Never Again” a reality. Over 200 students are enrolled in her “History of the Holocaust” class this year.
Ivy has earned numerous awards for her teaching and courage. She was MSD Teacher of the Year and Broward Educator of the Year. She was named Teacher of the Year by the New York-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and received the Bear Award from The Brady Campaign for Gun Control. Ivy was the recipient of the inaugural Ambassadors for Humanity Award for educators from the USC Shoah Foundation.
Ivy Grew up in Miami and earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Graduate degree in Social Studies Education from Florida International University in Miami. She is married to her husband, Jeffrey, and has 2 grown children, Isaac and Sabrina. They raised them in Parkland and they are proud graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Ivy loves to travel and has visited Holocaust Museums and Memorials in cities all over the world.