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. Click on their names below to read their stories.

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

Thomas 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

 

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.