2016 Teacher as Hero Honorees

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.

Visit NLM on Presidents' Day

At NLM we explore how world leaders, fifth graders, and everyone in between has the power to Live Like a Hero! Join us this Presidents' Day Weekend to learn how our nation’s leaders have shaped the past, present, and future of freedom. Through our exhibits and interactive activities, you’ll explore pivotal points in history while discovering your place in the story of liberty. Learn more.

Now accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher as Hero Awards

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone 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. Learn more

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.