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.  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

 

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own unique interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is May 17.
Click here for complete details.

Giveback Workshops

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-noon, the NLM partners with a selected mission-driven nonprofit to give parents and children the opportunity to work together to complete a “make-and-donate” activity for an important cause. This event is included with general admission, but registration is encouraged.

Learn more. Then, be sure to attend with YOUR family!

Read & 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.

Check our events calendar for Read & Romps scheduled for later this spring.

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. Please click here for the names of the 2019 winners.

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