Teacher as Hero Award

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley.

Thank you for your interest in the Teacher as Hero Award!

Nominations for the 2015 awards are now closed.  The names and stories of the 2015 winners will be posted on this page following the awards ceremony on April 30.  If you have not yet read the stories of last year’s winners, scroll down to link to them now.


The National Liberty Museum’s Teacher as Hero Award, sponsored by State Farm™, recognizes dedicated teachers who inspire, motivate and educate young people. In the past, we’ve celebrated teachers who stood up for students’ rights; who advocated on behalf of a troubled student; who provided incredible enrichment opportunities for their students; and so much more!

We know that more of these incredible educators are out there, and we need your help finding them! If you know a teacher or educator who…

• 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;

• Honors student voice in the classroom and in public spaces;

• Has taken a risk in order to remove an obstacle to a student’s liberty; or

• Incorporates the above concepts in their relationships with colleagues and community members;

then please nominate them for the National Liberty Museum’s Teacher as Hero Award!

Additionally, we invite you to nominate a teacher who has demonstrated excellence in teaching teen driver safety or an auto safety initiative.  This new award, which is listed on the nomination form, is an excellent addition to our Teacher as Hero program and a fitting recognition of State Farm’s pioneering work in auto safety and education.

Nominations for the 2015 Teacher as Hero Award are now closed Winners will be notified prior to the award ceremony on April 30, 2015.  Their names and stories will be featured in a Museum exhibit in the coming months and on this website.  We extend our thanks to all who submitted a nomination.


Teacher as Hero Award Winners for 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 Teacher as Hero Award winners have helped make the world a better place for their students by going far beyond what is asked of them as education professionals. Special thanks go to Shirleen Allicot of 6ABC, who served as the Master of Ceremonies; Marciene Mattleman, who gave the keynote address; and to all the representatives of State Farm® who joined us for the evening and assisted in the presentations.

Meet last year’s winners!

James Lynch, Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA
Marita Fitzpatrick, William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA
Andre L. Beckett, Swenson Arts and Technology High School, Philadelphia, PA
Dannielle Benedetto, Samuel Mickle School, Mickleton, NJ
Peggy Cellucci, Glenolden School, Glenolden, PA
Max Geisler, Norristown Area High School, Norristown, PA
Kathleen Harrell, Math and Science Technology Community Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Tara Huber, Neshaminy High School, Langhorne, PA
Charlena Martin, School of the Future, Philadelphia, PA
Susie McGillivray, Wayne Elementary School, Wayne, PA
Lena Namnun, Frankford High School, Philadelphia, PA
Beth Raff, Auten Road Intermediate School (ARIS), Hillsborough, NJ
Christine Roberts, Hillsdale Elementary School, West Chester, PA
John Smith III, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Bonnie Brady, Samsel Upper Elementary School, Parlin, NJ
Sally Shutler, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Roseto, PA and
Elizabeth Ruggiero, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Roseto, PA
James Breech, Cumberland Regional High School, Bridgeton, NJ
Duane Rutkowski, St. Laurentius School, Philadelphia, PA