The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 10th annual “Teacher as Hero” Award, sponsored by State Farm®, on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Monique Braxton of NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was Ava Willis Barksdale, Vice President of Philadelphia’s Girard College. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by State Farm Representatives in presenting the awards.
Below are some inspiring images from this event. Photography by D1LO

Meet the 2016 Winners!

The 2016 Honorees received much-deserved recognition! Their stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit and are posted here to share with you. Please click on their names below to read their stories.

Top Three Honorees:

Exceptional Teacher Grand Prize
Katherine Poerner

Pinelands Regional High School, Tuckerton, NJ

Caring Classroom Award
MSgt Chris Sidoli
Coatesville Area High School, Coatesville, PA

Good Neighbor Award
Raymond Bunsick
Swenson Arts and Technology High School, Philadelphia, PA

The 2016 Teacher as Hero honorees included:

Joseph Arscott, Bayard Rustin High School, West Chester, PA

Dan Collins, Paxon Hollow Middle School, Broomall, PA

Kip Poole, William Penn High School, New Castle, DE

Rachael Sheehan, Freire Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Travers, Neil Armstrong Middle School, Fairless Hills, PA

Mary Wang, Academy at Palumbo, Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Wescoe, Freedom High School, Bethlehem, PA

Additionally, Paul Eaton, Girard College Band and Choir Director, received a special Teacher as Superhero Award for all he has done for Girard’s music department and for being a longtime partner of the NLM.

Watch the news coverage of this event below.

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

SPACELAB EXHIBIT

SPACELAB is a one-of-a-kind showcase of glass art that explores the great unknown – outer space. This collection of artwork examines human relationships with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; the vastness and mystery of space; and much more. Learn more.

Interstellar Stitch Workshop with Escape Threads

In conjunction with NLM's SPACELAB Exhibit, on Thursday evening, August 23, Philadelphia-based artist Danielle Conyers of Escape Threads will lead an embroidery workshop to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn pulsar map on a wood hoop canvas. No previous stitching knowledge is necessary. Learn more and register today.

FPRI to host a conversation about Russia

The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank that brings the insights of scholarship to America’s foreign policies, kicks off its 2018 fall/winter series of events at the NLM on Thursday, September 6 with a conversation on the Putin regime and political murder in Russia. Learn more and register today.