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.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2019 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here. The nomination deadline is July 14.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Valor are NOW OPEN

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards. If you know a person deserving of this special recognition, please tell us about them. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 31,

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Welcome the Stranger Exhibit

Welcome the Stranger, a one-woman exhibit of cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media by artist Micaela Amateau Amato, will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from March 9 - June 9, 2019. This collection of works is Amato's interpretation of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty. Shown here are cast glass sculptures of Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Learn more about this exhibit by clicking here.

Liberty Forum: Firearms

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm for the first in this new series that brings attendees from all points of view together. We will discuss the issue of firearms with our Moderator Intersect Alliance, along with invited experts and other participants. Our goal is to provide attendees with the tools needed for moving our conversations on hot button issues, like this, offline and back into human discussions.

Learn more and reserve your place today by clicking here.

Read and Romp

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read & Romps are held twice a week, on Monday and Saturday mornings. Learn about the “story of the week” and choose the day that works best for you! Snacks and Museum admission are included.

Check our events calendar for upcoming Read & Romps.

Lila Liberty's Hero Quest

Join Lila Liberty on her quest to spread acceptance and kindness by helping her collect her "Super Hero Gadgets" throughout the Museum. This self-guided experience will encourage your child to understand how qualities like empathy, integrity, responsibility, and courage define what it means to be a Hero.

Lila Liberty’s Hero Quest is available between 12-5:00pm every Saturday and Sunday. It is included in the cost of admission. Learn more.