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

 

NLM's Summer Pop-Up Event, August 13-20

Beat the heat and join the National Liberty Museum for our Summer Pop-Up Event! For an entire week, you are invited to browse our silent auction and bid on more than 20 pieces of beautiful glass artworks from the NLM’s collection. Then, the Pop-Up Event week concludes with a live auction during our Cocktails with a Cause program on August 20 at 5 p.m.

A link to participate will be available starting August 13. Learn more.

Sponsorships now open for our exciting virtual gala!

Celebrate with us on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. from the comfort of your own home as our Gala & Glass Auction goes virtual! It’s the National Liberty Museum’s 20th birthday, and we’re marking the occasion with an exciting live auction and unforgettable evening of fun activities. Proceeds from the Gala support our education and outreach both at the Museum and via our new digital learning. This year we are dedicating a special portion of funds raised to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Several sponsorship levels available. All offer many benefits and a wonderful evening to share with your invited guests. Learn more here.

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!

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.

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.