A Robinson teacher received a one-of-a-kind honor Tuesday.

Cheryl Holland, an English teacher at Robinson Junior High School, was awarded the first Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission's Outstanding Educator Award.

Her class was involved in the production of some of the Houston Holocaust Museum's 1.5 million handmade butterflies, which represent the 1.5 million children killed during the holocaust.

Holland said the work her students do on The Diary of Anne Frank is a crucial part of their curriculum.

"Teenagers can be brutal with their words, and I want them to see that even big things like the holocaust and wars begin with words," Holland said.

Holland said she was honored to receive the award, especially since she retires at the end of this year.