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.

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