The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 13th annual Teacher as Hero Awards, sponsored by State Farm®, on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Family, friends, and colleagues of the 2019 Teacher as Hero Honorees gathered in Liberty Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators. Tammie Souza, Meteorologist for NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was Tony Rocco, a recipient of the 2018 Teacher as Hero Award. Gwen Borowsky, CEO of the National Liberty Museum, was joined by State Farm Representatives in presenting the awards.

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Meet the 2019 Winners!

The 2019 Honorees received much-deserved recognition at the awards ceremony. Click on each name below to learn their stories.

TOP THREE HONOREES:

Teacher as Hero Grand Prize Winner
Andrea Green
K-12th Grade, Music and Drama Teacher
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Philadelphia, PA

Caring Classroom Award
Freda Anderson
10th-12th Grade Community Activism Teacher
The U School, Philadelphia, PA

Good Neighbor Award
Darrell Gravatt
10th-12th Grade, Driver’s Education Teacher
Caesar Rodney High School, Camden, DE

NINE “EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER” AWARD WINNERS:

Robin Alozie, 9th through 12th Grade Special Education Teacher, Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA

George Daka, 9th through 12th Grade Government and American History Teacher, Bensalem High School, Bensalem, PA

Melissa DeClementi, 6th through 8th Grade Physical Education Teacher, Cinnaminson Middle School, Cinnaminson, NJ

Kristen Degregorio, 9th through 12th Grade Special Education Teacher, Frankford High School, Philadelphia, PA

Caronline Gimbel and Kathy Rafter, Special Education Teachers, Abington Sr. High School, Abington, PA

Bart Poindexter, Teacher of African American History, William W. Bodine School for International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA

Gavin Sikorski, 6th through 8thSTEM Education Teacher, Southmoreland Middle School, Scottdale, PA

Sakita Tinsley, 10th through 12th Grade English Teacher, North Penn High School, Landsdale, PA

Bob Wolf, Physical Education Teacher, Eagle View Middle School, Mechanicsburg, 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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