Teacher as Hero Awards Sponsored by State Farm®

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley.

The National Liberty Museum Teacher as Hero AwardsWe are delighted to announce the 2017 honorees. The winners were selected according to the categories listed below.

The Grand Prize Winner and the Winners of the two special categories will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 6.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 TEACHER AS HERO HONOREES:
Amy Andersen, American Sign Language Teacher (Levels I, II, and III Honors), Ocean City High School, Ocean City, NJ
Maureen Gillespie, 12th grade Theology Teacher, Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA
Emily Gooddman, 9th-12th School Counselor, South Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia, PA
Roseanne Hanley, Reading Teacher, ECLC of New Jersey-multiple grades, Chatham, NJ
Diane Hediger, PreK Teacher, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, Willow Grove, PA
Jennifer Knox, 7th-8th grade, Upper Pittsgrove School, Monroeville, NJ
Kristin Sanchez, 6th-8th grade Social Studies Teacher (and Academic Advisor), Newtown Friends School, Newtown, PA
Eiko Fan Takahira, Art and Creativity Teacher, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Allen Wagner, 11th-12th grade History (and Social Studies Department Chair) at Carlisle High School-Carlisle, PA
Traci Weiss, K-3rd grade Autistic Support Teacher at Bradford Heights Elementary School- Downingtown, PA


Teacher as Hero
Award Categories

Category #1:
Exceptional Teacher Award

8 winners, including 1 Grand Prize Winner
This award will be presented to exceptional educators who leverage their excellence in teaching to make a difference in the lives of their students. Winners will be selected based on their achievements in the following areas. The Grand Prize winner will be someone who exhibits ALL or MOST of these criteria.

  • Fosters an appreciation for diversity in the classroom;
  • Teaches students how to resolve conflicts respectfully;
  • Gives students a deeper understanding of the relationship between rights and responsibilities;
  • Honors student voice in the classroom and in public spaces;
  • Has taken a risk in order to remove an obstacle to a student’s liberty; or
  • Incorporates the above concepts in their relationships with colleagues and community members.

Category #2:
Caring Classroom Award

1 winner
This award will be presented to an educator who has integrated community service into the classroom to increase student civic engagement. Criteria:

  • This honoree meaningfully incorporates and champions student voice into the service learning process.
  • Their students’ deep understanding of the issues they work on can be seen in the impact of their projects.

Category #3:
Good Neighbor Award

1 winner
This award will be presented to a teacher who has initiated or teaches driver safety with heart by helping teen drivers to understand that driving is a responsibility as well as a privilege. Criteria:

  • This honoree combines hands-on practice with lessons designed to teach the concept of responsible driving.
  • Their students’ understanding of the responsibility of driving is evident through their actions and/or testimonials.

 

 

 

The Treachery of Images,
an Exhibit of Glass Pipes

Opening on Friday, April 7, this new temporary exhibit will showcase works that traditionally have been marginalized as “functional” glass art due to their association with an illicit activity. The “Treachery of Images” Exhibit embraces both the technical and social challenges of this art form by celebrating the unconventional designs and amazing craftsmanship of glass pipemakers. The work shown here, Freija by Banjo and Snic Barnes, is one of dozens of works that will be on display. Click here to learn more.

Transparency,
An LGBT+ Glass Art Exhibition

Opening on Friday, June 2 to coincide with “LGBT Pride Month,” this will be the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBT+ community. It will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these artists. The work shown here by Pearl Dick will be among dozens of works on display. Click here to learn more.

Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Festival... RSVP today!

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for FREE film screenings and community-driven conversations. Four films are scheduled for the coming months. After each FREE screening, we will host a thought-provoking panel discussion. Learn more and RSVP Today!

Lectures on Important Foreign Policy Issues

The National Liberty Museum co-sponsors and hosts a series of lectures on important foreign policy issues. Click here to learn about the upcoming event on May 2.

TD Bank Young Heroes Awards... Nominate someone today!

Nominations for our 2017 TD Bank Young Heroes Award are now open. Each year, we look for young people who have championed liberty through civic engagement, resolving conflicts respectfully, promoting diversity, and demonstrating leadership in their school or community. Learn more and submit your nomination today!

NLM's 2017 Glass Auction & Gala

This year’s GLASS AUCTION & GALA will be held Saturday evening, October 7 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA. An outstanding collection of art is being assembled. Sponsorships are available. Our 2017 "Heroes of Liberty" are Stephen & Sandy Sheller. The artist honoree is Pearl Dick from Chicago. Click here for more information.

NLM Travel is headed to Wisconsin

Join the NLM on an arts-filled tour of parts of Wisconsin, Sept. 6-11, 2017. From Milwaukee’s art museums, to private collections, to a stop in beautiful Door County, which juts directly into Lake Michigan, you’ll follow host Arlene Silvers for a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here for more information.