Scott Auspelmyer has been a teacher for 19 years, the last 15 of which have been at Blythewood
High School in Blythewood, SC. He teaches Advanced Placement European History, Advanced
Placement Seminar and Research, World History, and an Advanced Honors Seminar course on
the Holocaust. He has been involved in Holocaust education since 2003 and he is continually
inspired to teach the lessons of this event by the students that he teaches and the survivors and
families of survivors that he meets. Mr. Auspelmyer is a United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum Teaching Fellow and also a Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Lerner Fellow.
Additionally, he has attended numerous workshops and institutes related to that era, including
training held at the World War II Museum in New Orleans, Lousiana and in Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii. He resides in Columbia, SC and has a wife and two sons.
Christine Beresniova, PhD - Executive Director
Christine Beresniova is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust.
Previously, Dr. Beresniova worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington
DC designing teacher training programs. In 2017, she published her first book, Holocaust Education
in Lithuania: Community, Conflict, and the Making of Civil Society, based on her PhD in Education
Policy from Indiana University. She is excited to be in South Carolina where so much meaningful
Holocaust education is already being done at all levels.
Dr. Beresniova’s current priorities with the Council are 1) to enhance the collection of testimonies
from South Carolina Holocaust survivors and liberators by making them more user-friendly for the classroom;
2) to expand program and resource offerings for educators; 3) and to bring the work of the Council to new
audiences. You will see Dr. Beresniova traveling around the state throughout the next year to meet with teachers,
administrators, and community leaders and to learn new ways the Council can better support Holocaust education.
Elizabeth Stiles is a junior in the Honors College at the University
of South Carolina. She is a double major in Political Science and History.
She will soon add a minor in Criminal Justice. Elizabeth comes to the Council
with an interest in public policy and teaching. She is excited to join the Council
as our assistant because she has family in the teaching profession and is a passionate
advocate for the teaching of the Holocaust. This passion stems, in part, from her
background in Russian language studies and political and diplomatic history.