The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 12th annual Teacher as Hero Awards, sponsored by State Farm®, on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Family, friends, and colleagues of the eleven 2018 Teacher as Hero Honorees gathered in Liberty Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators. Karen Rogers, Anchor of Action News Mornings on 6ABC, served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was Amy Andersen, a recipient of the 2017 Teacher as Hero Award. Kevin Orangers, NLM’s Vice President of Programs & Operations, was joined by State Farm Representatives in presenting the awards.

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Meet the 2018 Winners!

The 2018 Honorees received much-deserved recognition at the awards ceremony. Plaques featuring their inspiring stories will be featured in a Museum exhibit and on this web page. Please check back in the coming weeks.

TOP THREE HONOREES:

Teacher as Hero Grand Prize Winner
Tony Rocco
Middle School Photography Teacher
Stetson Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Caring Classroom Award
Theresa Hartey
10th & 11th grade Math and English Teacher
Saint Basil Academy, Jenkintown, PA

Good Neighbor Award
Derek Stevenson
Cinematography Teacher
Roxborough High School, Philadelphia, PA

EIGHT “EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER” AWARD WINNERS:

Marc Cutillo, 9th through 12th grade ELL Teacher, William Tennent High School, Warminster, PA

Kevin Finan, 2nd Grade Teacher, Concord Elementary School, Glen Mills, PA

Robert Graham, K-5 Art Teacher, Keene Elementary School, Newark, DE

Dayna Kowalski, 1st Grade Teacher, Greenwood Elementary School, Hamilton, NJ

Tomas Reed, 9th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA

Christina Salazar, 9th through 12th grade ELL Teacher,  Bayard Rustin High School, West Chester, PA

Douglas Sexton, Physical Education Teacher, Bellmawr Park High School, Bellmawr, NJ

Laurie Thomas, Spanish Teacher, Harriton High School, Rosemont, PA

 

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