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Teacher as Hero Awards

NJM Insurance Group sponsored

Teacher as Hero

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by NJM Insurance Group, honors outstanding educators in the Philadelphia area & beyond.
Nominations have been extended until February 11.

The two categories in which teachers are honored:
Category #1:
Exceptional Teacher Award
  • Six awards will be given. Three in NJ, Three in PA
    • This award will be presented to exceptional educators who put students’ needs first. These educators consistently go above and beyond to support students by taking as much time as necessary to teach complex lessons, build trusting relationships with them, and facilitate a customized and high-quality learning experience. Winners will be selected based on their achievements in all or most of the following areas.
      • Fosters an appreciation for diversity in the classroom;
      • Teaches students how to resolve conflicts respectfully;
      • Gives students a deeper understanding of the relationship between rights and responsibilities;
      • Has taken a risk to remove an obstacle to a student’s liberty; or
      • Incorporates the above concepts in their relationships with colleagues and community members.
Category #2:
Teen Driver Safety Educator Award 

Two awards will be given. One in NJ, one in PA.

    • This award will be presented to teachers who are committed to helping teen drivers to understand that driving is a responsibility as well as a privilege by running after-school programs or taking extra time to provide support to teen drivers.
      • This honoree will use a collaborative approach to administer and support evidence-based programming that empowers students, parents, and teachers with the resources they need to be safe behind the wheel.
      • They will increase awareness about teen driver’s safety programs and encourage community involvement.

View the stories of the 2022 winners below.

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 16th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 10th. The ceremony honored 11 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators. It is our pleasure to announce this year’s honorees.

Congratulations to the 2022 honorees. Click on their videos to learn their stories.

Haley McLaughlin
California Area High School

Vincent Newman
McArthur Florida

Tamara Quintana
Kearney Elementary

Cresta Kowaliski
South Penn Elementary

Kimberly Benton
Colson Elementary

Tyler Clayton
Braddock Middle School

Sarah Enyeart
Shade Gap Elementary

Donna Beck, Caring Classroom Award
Irvington Public Schools

R. Cummings McNitt, Good Neighbor Award
Tyrone Area High School

 Sasha Azouth, Exceptional Teacher Award
James. S. Rickards Middle School

Sturae Meyers
Cooper’s Poynt Family School


Thu ‒ Mon: 10am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $12 Seniors (65+): $10 Students (with valid ID): $8 Youth (ages 6–17): $6 Children (under 5): No Charge Museum Members: Free

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