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

 

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.

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Glass Auction & Gala

Join us on Saturday, October 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown! The Glass Auction & Gala features hundreds of glass artworks by artists from all over the world. 100% of the proceeds support the Museum’s education and outreach programs for kids.

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FPRI to host an insider's guide to US-Cuban Relations

The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank that brings the insights of scholarship to America’s foreign policies, will host its next event of the 2018 fall/winter series at the NLM on Wednesday, October 10. It is a conversation on the decades of tumultuous US-Cuban relations since the Castro Revolution. Learn more and register today.