The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 11th annual Teacher as Hero Awards, sponsored by State Farm®, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Family, friends, and colleagues of the ten 2017 Teacher as Hero Honorees gathered in Liberty Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators. Cherri Gregg, Community Affairs Reporter for KYW Newsradio and CBS3 Eyewitness News served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was Katherine Poerner, NLM’s 2016 Teacher as Hero Grand Prize Winner. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by State Farm Representatives in presenting the awards.

Below are some inspiring images from this event. Photography by Matt Godfrey

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Meet the 2017 Winners!

The 2017 Honorees received much-deserved recognition at the awards ceremony. You can learn their stories by clicking on their names below. Their plaques are also featured in a Museum exhibit, which will be on display for an entire year.

TOP THREE HONOREES:

Teacher as Hero Grand Prize Winner
Emily Goodman
9th-12th School Counselor
South Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia, PA

Caring Classroom Award
Kristen Sanchez
6th-8th Social Studies
(and Academic Advisor)
Newtown Friends School, Newtown, PA

Good Neighbor Award
Roseanne Hanley
Reading Teacher
ECLC of New Jersey, Chatham, NJ

SEVEN “EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER” AWARD WINNERS:

Amy Andersen, American Sign Language Teacher , Ocean City High School, Ocean City, NJ

Maureen Gillespie, 12th grade Theology Teacher, Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA

Diane Hediger, PreK Teacher, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, Willow Grove, PA

Jennifer Knox, 7th-8th grade, Upper Pittsgrove School, Monroeville, NJ

Eiko Fan Takahira, Art and Creativity Teacher, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Allen Wagner, 11th-12th grade History and Dept. Chair at Carlisle High School, Carlisle, PA

Traci Weiss, K-3rd grade Autistic Support Teacher at Bradford Heights Elementary School, Downingtown, PA

Additionally, Sherry Paris, a math teacher at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA, and a 2012 Teacher as Hero Award recipient, received our special Teacher as Superhero Award for continuing to be a hero to her students… her school… and her community.

We also welcomed our 2016 Teacher as Hero Grand Prize winner, Kathie Poerner, as keynote speaker. You can read her incredible and inspiring speech HERE.

Sound + Vision Exhibition on Display April 6 - June 10

Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.

Shown: Violin by Etai Rahmil. Photo by Steven Toney.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Stuart Eizenstat, Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP. He will discuss his new book, President Carter: The White House Years, which provides an insider perspective on the successes and failures of the Carter Administration. This lecture will be held on May 2 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.

Young Heroes Award

This annual awards program, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes young people who have taken leadership roles in their schools or communities to bring about positive social change. Each year we look for young people who have engaged in civic activities, promoted respectful resolutions to conflict, advocated for diversity, and much more. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more and nominate a deserving young person today.

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. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more