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

 

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.