CENTER CITY >> The National Liberty Museum announced this year’s winners of the 2018 Teacher As Hero Award sponsored by State Farm, with one of this years heroes teaching in Roxborough.

Derek Stevenson of Roxborough High School was among the 11 educators from across the region honored for their efforts that impact the lives of their students, schools and communities.

The subcategories for nominees include exceptional teacher, caring classroom, good neighbor and the Teacher as Hero Grand Prize.

These educators were honored at an award ceremony at the museum Saturday, May 5.

This year’s winners are:

• Thomas Reed, Lower Merion High School

• Laurie Thomas, Harriton High School

• Kevin Finan, Concord Elementary School

• Douglas Sexton, Bellmawr Park School

• Tony Rocco, Stetson Charter School

• Robert Graham, Keene Elementary School

• Marc Cutillo, William Tennent High School

• Dayna Kowalski, Greenwood Elementary School

• Christina Salazar, Bayard Rustin High School

• Derek Stevenson, Roxborough High School

• Theresa Hartey, Saint Basil Academy

These winners were nominated by students, parents, peers and community members to recognize them as educators who serve as role models in their respective communities. The winners’ stories will become part of a dedicated exhibit in the National Liberty Museum’s “Live Like a Hero” Gallery for approximately one year.

“At the National Liberty Museum, we teach every visitor the vital role liberty plays in the fabric of our daily lives,” said Gwen Borowsky, CEO of the museum. “We proudly honor these teachers for the work they do to inspire students and strengthen their communities beyond their important work in the classroom. We recognize these teachers as heroes for helping shape our nation’s next generation of leaders.”

“State Farm has sponsored the Teacher as Hero Awards since its inception, and we have stood as a National Liberty Museum partner for the past 15 years,” said Dwayne Redd of State Farm. “State Farm’s mission is to help people achieve their dreams, and we believe that teachers are our steadfast partner in this goal. Teachers shape the values of a community through their lessons, inside and outside of the classroom. We are humbled by every one of this year’s distinguished award winners.”

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