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.

Big Ideas for Little Learners: Exploring friendship through storytelling

Join us with your family, on Saturday, June 9 at 11am, for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive their very own signed copy of the book, along with a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum personally designed by Staci. Learn more.

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.

Learn about our exciting Closing Event for this exhibit.

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

"Pay What You Wish" and Special Activities on Memorial Day

Honor, explore, and be inspired this Memorial Day. At the National Liberty Museum you’ll discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. There are special activities for adults and children throughout the day, including military trivia and a creative kids' workshop. All activities are included with your "Pay What You Wish" admission. Learn more.

Art Workshops for Kids in May and June

Join us on various weekend days in May and June when we will be offering art workshops for kids in conjunction with our Sound + Vision Exhibit. Workshops are free with Museum admission. Preregistration is required. Check our Event Calendar for details.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In our next session, on Wednesday, June 6, our guest is Sheri E. Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College. Berman’s main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. 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