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

 

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.