April 27 — 10:54 am, 2018

Two Philadelphia teachers to be honored May 5 by National Liberty Museum

466378423184423676 rocco stevenson 001 Philadelphia teachers Tony Rocco (left) and Derek Stevenson were honored on May 5 at the National Liberty Museum.

Two Philadelphia teachers have won National Liberty Museum’s “Teacher As Hero” awards.

Tony Rocco, a middle school photography teacher at Stetson Charter School, founded Photography Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that matches Philadelphia students with students in Colombia.

Rocco teaches his students photography as a life skill and as an appreciation of one another. Through Photography Without Borders, the Philadelphia students exchange letters and photos with the Colombian students to showcase daily life in both places.

Derek Stevenson, a cinematography teacher at Roxborough High School, helped found the State Farm Safe Driving PSA Project. The project works with Pennsylvania State Police, Lankenau Hospital, and Main Line Health to educate students about safe driving. The students then work with the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communications to produce public service announcements that are shown at schools during prom season.

In all, 11 educators from across the region will be honored at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Karen Rogers of the 6ABC Action News team will be the emcee, and Amy Anderson, a 2017 Teacher As Hero Award winner, will be the keynote speaker.

State Farm, the insurance company, has sponsored the Teacher as Hero awards since their inception and has been a National Liberty Museum partner for 15 years.


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