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.

We Can Be Heroes Exhibition –
Call to Artists

Philly Loves Bowie Week (January 3-12) is an annual volunteer production created by a family of committed fans of the superstar David Bowie who felt it was important to gather together as a community to celebrate a truly one-of-a-kind performer. The National Liberty Museum will be participating in these Bowie-themed events with an exhibition in our GlassAccess Gallery called, We Can Be Heroes.

Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and other materials are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie. Learn more and apply to participate today.

Destined for the Stars
by Ricky Bernstein

Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs. will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from August 2 - December 2, 2019. In this limited-time show, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right. Don't miss the opportunity to see this colorful and imaginative display. Learn more.

Learn about the 2019 Awards of Valor Honorees

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. The 2019 Awards have been presented to this year's honorees, Please click here for the names of the winners.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

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.

The upcoming Read & Romps will be held on Monday morning October 21. Check our events calendar for complete details.