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Teacher Heroes

A passion for learning results in a school for India's poorest children
started a free school in India for poor children.

Ana Eugenia Posada
is a dedicated teacher who provides help and support to children with learning difficulties.

Andrew Greene Jr.
of Sierra Leone teaches the world about peace.

Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macy
developed new methods for teaching blind and deaf students.

Anusia Kaczorkiewicz
commutes to remote schools in Argentina to bring students the world.

was one of the greatest philosophers of all time.

Atsuko Shiwaku
set up the International Intercultural Mural Exchange Project to promote peaceful coexistence.

Baba Coleman
is a drumming teacher who instills self-determination in his students.

Barry Guillot
is a middle school teacher who makes science come to life through service-learning.

Barry Kramer
empowers students to ask questions and find answers through Learning Circles, a telecollaborative learning experience.

Becky Miller
is the General Editor for MY HERO.

Bill Belsey
teaches his students and others how to stand up to bullying.

Bill Belsey
is a teacher with a mission to stop bullying.

Booker T. Washington
was an educator and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute.

Cami Anderson
is working to improve the school system of Newark, New Jersey.

Carey Thomas
was a pioneer and model for women in education.

Charles Michel de L'Epee
was a French educator known as 'The Father of the Deaf'.

Cheikh Darou Seck
is an English teacher in Senegal who inspires his students to become MY HERO reporters and filmmakers.

Christa McAuliffe
was the first teacher to fly in space.

Christa McAuliffe (espanol)
fue la primera maestra en volar en el espacio

Colonel Francis Parker
was known as 'The Children's Crusader' and 'The Teacher of Teachers.'

Domingo F. Sarmiento
was a distinguished educator and president of Argentina.

Dr. Ed Gragert
works towards peace and global education.

Dr. H. Arief Rahman
is admired by his students for the way he speaks his mind and encourages them in their studies.

Dr. Margaret Honey
is working to transform the way we educate our children in science, math, engineering and technology.

Dr. Norman Isaacs
is an inspiration to the staff and students at Millikan Middle School.

Dr. Philip Zimbardo - Psychologist
has created the Heroic Imagination Project to foster the belief that we are all heroes in waiting.

Dr. Robert Ballard
and the JASON project

bring scientific exploration to children around the world.

Eeva Reeder
is passionate about teamwork and hands-on, real-life applications of abstract mathematical concepts.

Elizabeth Daley
has created an outstanding multi media educational program that serves as a model for the world.

Ellen Dizzia
helped founded Access Inglés to improve English foreign language programs in Chile.

Emi Yuliaty
encourages her students to believe that where there is a will there is a way.

Erin Gruwell
continues to inspire educators and students around the world with her compassion and wisdom.

Erin Gruwell
is the founder of Freedom Writers and an inspiration to teachers and students around the world.

Esther Wojcicki
is the recipient of The MY HERO Project 2016 Global Educator Award.

Eva La Mar
uses visual learning and communication tools to deepen understanding of geography, geology and local history.

Favio Chavez
brings joy and hope to children through music.

Felix Elizalde
was a part of the Chicano civil rights movement and spent his life helping Latino families.

Film Festival 2005
Teacher Award
Get a Clue
Carol Anne McGuire

teaches visually impaired children and founded Rock Our World.

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
was an artist and teacher who gave children hope during the Holocaust.

Gary Birch
is a compassionate educator and role model to his students.

Geoffrey Canada
is an educator, social activist and president of the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York.

George N. Parks
inspires his band students to do their best and have fun with music.

Georgiana Munteanu, My English Teacher
inspires her students to believe in themselves and to love and respect nature.

Giuseppe Fortunati
is a computer teacher from Italy who uses the Internet to promote cultural exchanges.

Global Educator Award
George Lucas

2011 Global Educator Award Winner

Grace Lee Boggs
has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years

Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud
is teacher in Mexico who helps his students gain filmmaking skills.

Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud (Spanish)
es profesor en México que ayuda a sus estudiantes a obtener habilidades cinematográficas.

Hector Morales
teaches students to be self-sufficient environmentalists.

Hero Teachers of a Dyslexic
is a personal story that seeks to guide and encourage students who learn differently.

Jaime Escalante
proved to the nation that inner-city students could master difficult subjects.

James Burke
developed a model of discovery called the Knowledge Web to connect information across space and time.

Janet Miller
is a teacher who stepped up to prevent bullying of LGBT students.

Janusz Korczak
stayed behind to protect his orphan students during the Holocaust.

Jerrilyn Jacobs
mentors her students in music, dance and filmmaking.

Jesse Thyne
was a generous soul with a passion for teaching.

Jessica Baron
is the founder of Guitars in the Classroom

Johann Olav Koss
is a Norwegian Olympian who founded Right to Play

John Seigel Boettner
brings his classroom out into the world and the world into his classroom through bikes and film.

Judy Warner
worked to create a public high school for technology.

Kris Agboado
works to build confidence and inspire his students in his village school in Ghana.

Laura Nietzer
inspires her students through the MY HERO Learning Circle.

Laurel Schmidt
encourages her fifth graders to get involved.

Li Ling
gives hope to disadvantaged children in China.

Louis Braille
invented a system of writing and reading used by blind people all over the world.

Louis Braille
invented a system of writing and reading used by blind people all over the world.

offers technology and creative learning to disadvantaged Colombian youth.

Luis Soriano Bohorquez
started the Biblioburro Library in the mountains of Colombia.

Luisa Orellana
is an English as a second language teacher who inspires her students to reach for their dreams.

Mali Bickley
uses technology to help her students connect with their peers around the world to build empathy and tolerance.

Mali Bickley
is proud of her students who won Best Film (Rainforest Fable), Elementary category, of the 8th Annual MY HERO Film Festival.

Marco Torres
helps students empower themselves through the mastery of multimedia.

Maria Montessori
developed a new approach to education.

Mario Martin
is a blind university Spanish professor who inspires others with his drive to succeed and his passion for Hispanic literature.

Marsha Goren
is much beloved by her students for her genuine commitment to them.

Martha Mecartney
is a scientist, engineer and professor committed to helping young women interested in the field of science.

Mary Lyon
established the U.S.'s first college for women.

Mary McLeod Bethune
used education to help in the fight for racial and gender equality.

Mel Levine
believes that students who understand their learning styles are better equipped for success.

Mia Siscawati
teaches people to protect their environment.

Mika Vanhanen
is the founder and director of Environment Online, a global virtual school for sustainable development.

Mirian Acosta-Sing
piloted a project to provide every student and teacher at Mott Hall School with a laptop.

Morris S. Schwartz
was a professor who taught us how to live life with joy.

Mrs. Linda Klepper
has changed the lives of many young children as a second grade teacher.

Mrs. Magdalena Domniteanu
is a hero for her patience and ability to inspire her students with a love for learning.

Mrs. Mignosa
is a hero to Caitlin because she helps her with her studies after school.

Mrs. Nirmala and the Eradication
of Malaria Project

are working in India to educate the public.

Mustapha Louznadji
is an Algerian educator who leads by example and who brings out the best in his students and colleagues.

Nancy Caruso
is a marine biologist who helped bring kelp forests back to the California coast.

Nawaraj Baskota
is working to improve the education of the poorest children in Nepal.

Pat Bolanos
founded Key Learning Community to cultivate multiple intelligences.

Paul Cummins
has devoted his career to finding ways to provide all children equitable access to a quality education.

Peter Copen
is the founder of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)

contributed to our understanding of mathematics, music and astronomy.

Raden Adjeng Kartini
championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.

Ralph Bunche
was a diplomat and teacher who won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Ranald MacDonald
was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.

Razia Jan
founded Razia's Ray of Hope to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Robert Moses
founded The Algebra Project, which is committed to teaching math literacy.

Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras
uses music to inspire children to learn.

Roberto Arevalo
of The Mirror Project
teaches kids TV production.

Rowena Gerber
and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.

Ruth Simmons
is breaking down barriers in the world of higher education.

Ruty Hotzen
inspires students from around the world through Talking Kites, iEARN.

Sadie Dunn
is an inspiring role model as a teacher and great-grandmother.

September McGee
is an artist and a teacher.

invented the Cherokee alphabet, which enabled Cherokees to record their history.

Shannon Arnett
impacts her students with her love and excitement for learning.

Shirley Blair
helps bring education to Tibetan children from Nepal.

Sir Ken Robinson
is a passionate international advisor on education in the arts

is an important founder of Western philosophy.

Stephanie Joukoff
coaches synchronized swimming and is a hero to Emily.

Susan Elizabeth Blow
founded the first public kindergarten school in America.

Susanna Wesley
is known as the Mother of Methodism.

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
created the first school for the deaf and dumb and blind in America.

Tokunbo O. Adebisi
is a much respected teacher in Nigeria.

Tommie Hamaluba
is a teacher in Botswana, Africa, working to eradicate malaria.

Tony Bencivenga
stresses the importance of social and emotional learning experiences.

Two worlds, one classroom
School that Reaches Out to children and families from the nearby slum in India.

Valentina Mindoljevic
is a science teacher who helped to provide aid to women and child refugees in Croatia.

Vicky Colbert de Arboleda
works to provide equal access to all children in Colombia.

Viola Vaughn
founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Vy Higginsen
brings gospel music to at risk teens.

Wendy Gorton
is an educational technology consultant and Google Certified Teacher.

Wendy Milette
is a visionary filmmaker and educator.


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