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'Hero' teachers to be honored tonight at National Liberty Museum




by Jeseamy Muentes

Eight Philadelphia teachers will receive honors at 6:30 tonight at the National Liberty Museum’s Teacher as Hero ceremony. The seventh annual event, also sponsored by State Farm Insurance, will recognize a total of 19 teachers from throughout the region.

Marciene Mattleman, board chair of After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) and education reporter at KYW, will deliver the keynote speech.

Samantha Kirk, National Liberty Museum’s education coordinator, said that the awards "make people aware of educators working hard in their community every day."

“It [also] gets them thinking critically about education and what makes a good educator.”

The teachers were chosen through a nomination process. Kirk said that 60 percent of those nominations came from other teachers wanting to recognize their colleagues' hard work. The selections were based on the teachers having met seven different criteria in their teaching styles, including collaborating with colleagues, advocating for a quality education, and maintaining a safe classroom environment.

Teachers from seven District and charter schools, as well as St. Laurentius School, a Philadelphia Catholic school, are among the local honorees.  Teachers from other districts, including West Chester, Mickleton, Norristown, Glenolden, Langhorne, Hillsborough, Parlin, Roseto, and Bridgeton, will also be recognized.

All honorees will receive a class trip to the National Liberty Museum, a voucher for free admission to a professional development class taught at the museum, and gifts from the museum and State Farm.  

Teachers to be honored
Teacher School
James Lynch Northeast High School
Marita Fitzpatrick Bodine High School
Andre L. Beckett Swenson Arts & Technology High School
Charlena Martin High School of the Future
Lena Namnun Frankford High School
Kathleen Harrell Mathematics, Science and Technology Community Charter School (MaST)
John Smith III Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
Duane Rutkowski St. Laurentius School


Jeseamy Muentes is an intern at the Notebook.

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