The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 11th annual Teacher as Hero Awards, sponsored by State Farm®, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Family, friends, and colleagues of the ten 2017 Teacher as Hero Honorees gathered in Liberty Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators. Cherri Gregg, Community Affairs Reporter for KYW Newsradio and CBS3 Eyewitness News served as the emcee. The keynote speaker was Katherine Poerner, NLM’s 2016 Teacher as Hero Grand Prize Winner. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by State Farm Representatives in presenting the awards.

Below are some inspiring images from this event. Photography by Matt Godfrey

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Meet the 2017 Winners!

The 2017 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
Emily Goodman
9th-12th Grade School Counselor
South Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia, PA

Caring Classroom Award
Kristen Sanchez
6th-8th Grade Social Studies
(and Academic Advisor)
Newtown Friends School, Newtown, PA

Good Neighbor Award
Roseanne Hanley
Reading Teacher
ECLC of New Jersey, Chatham, NJ

SEVEN “EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER” AWARD WINNERS:

Amy Andersen, American Sign Language Teacher , Ocean City High School, Ocean City, NJ

Maureen Gillespie, 12th Grade Theology Teacher, Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA

Diane Hediger, PreK Teacher, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, Willow Grove, PA

Jennifer Knox, 7th-8th Grade, Upper Pittsgrove School, Monroeville, NJ

Eiko Fan Takahira, Art and Creativity Teacher, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Allen Wagner, 11th-12th Grade History and Dept. Chair at Carlisle High School, Carlisle, PA

Traci Weiss, K-3rd Grade Autistic Support Teacher at Bradford Heights Elementary School, Downingtown, PA

Additionally, Sherry Paris, a math teacher at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA, and a 2012 Teacher as Hero Award recipient, received our special Teacher as Superhero Award for continuing to be a hero to her students… her school… and her community.

We also welcomed our 2016 Teacher as Hero Grand Prize winner, Kathie Poerner, as keynote speaker. You can read her incredible and inspiring speech HERE.

Celebrating Pride Month with a Retrospective Exhibition

For Pride Month 2017, the National Liberty Museum presented Transparency, the nation’s first museum exhibition of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists in the LGBTQ+ community. While the physical exhibition is currently being housed at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the NLM is partnering with this Museum from June 15-19 to host a week of virtual activities and social media posts to again draw attention to this thought-provoking exhibition.

We invite you to participate in these very interesting events. Learn more here.

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

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 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 July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.