"He deserves more than the footnote history books accord him" ~ Ralph P. Edgerton
|Alexandrine Tinne was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.||Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic.||Bertrand Piccard has circum-||Chiaki Mukai is the first female Japanese astronaut.||Chuck Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier.||Cristina Diaz: |
Biologist studies intertidal and tropical sponges.
|Daniel Boone was a great American pioneer.||David Livingstone was a medical missionary who explored Africa and spoke out against slavery.||Dawa Steven Sherpa works to protect his beloved Himalayan Mountains and villages.||Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu was the first woman pilot from Romania.||Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.||Ellison S. Onizuka has a legacy that continues to live on after the Challenger disaster.|
|Ernest Shackleton in 1901 sailed out in the Discovery to explore the Antarctic.||Franklin Chang Diaz is a Costa Rican and American veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions.||Fridtjof Nansen was a daring explorer, a freedom fighter, and a selfless humanitarian.||Guion Bluford became the first African-American in space.||Ibn Battutah was a Moroccan Muslim scholar who became one of the greatest world travellers and journalists of all time.||Jacques Cousteau invented the Aqua-Lung, a predecessor to the SCUBA systems used by divers worldwide today.|
|James Herman Banning was an early African American aviator.||Jean Batten made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.||Jim Bridger was an explorer and mountain man of the Western U.S.||Jim Lovell responded quickly and calmly during crises on two Apollo missions.||John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth.||John Muir advocated preservation, feeling that natural areas promote mental health.|
|John Wesley Powell is an internationally venerated advocate for preserving biodiversity.||Judith A. Resnik inspired others with her determination to become a scientist and an astronaut.||Libby Riddles won the Iditarod dog sled race in 1985.||Mae Jemison dreamed of going to space since childhood.||Marco Polo was a famous explorer to the Far East.||Matthew Henson was a brave African-American Arctic explorer, and the co-discoverer of the North Pole.|
|Mauricio de Nassau was a famous Dutch explorer.||Merieme Chadid is an astronomer from Morocco who did research at the South Pole.||Neil A. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.||Orville and Wilbur Wright were brothers determined to build a better flying machine.||Paul Sipiera led an expedition into Antarctica to find meteorites for NASA.||Ranald MacDonald was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.|
|Robert Ballard conducts scientific expeditions around the world with students.||Roy Chapman Andrews was an explorer and the director of the American Museum of Natural History.||Sacajawea guided Lewis and Clark across the northwestern territories.||Sally Kristen Ride was the first American woman to go into space.||Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61 was the first American woman to go into space.||Sir Douglas Mawson led the first research expedition into Antarctica.|
|Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to climb Mt. Everest.||Steve Fossett circum-||Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans.||Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.||Yuri Gagarin was the first human being to journey into space.||Yury Usachev is a famous Russian cosmonaut and passionate ambassador for the space program.|
|"Teacher in Space" Christa McAuliffe's |
Memory Still Vivid After 25 Years
|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|
|Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macy developed new methods for teaching blind and deaf students.||Aristotle 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 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 M. 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'.||Charter Schools Expanding Rapidly |
Across United States
|Cheikh Darou Seck is an English teacher in Senegal who inspires his students to become MY HERO reporters.|
|Christa McAuliffe was the first teacher to fly in space.||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.||Emi Yuliaty encourages her students to believe that where there is a will there is a way.|
|Erin Gruwell is the founder of Freedom Writers and an inspiration to teachers and students around the world.||Eva La Mar uses visual learning and communication tools to deepen understanding of geography, geology and local history.||Film Festival 2005|
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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 is a global educator who has made a great impact on the world in the field of education.
|Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs: A Lifelong Search for Real Education describes the beginning of the Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs Educational Center.||Grace Lee Boggs has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years|
|Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud is a Mexican teacher who helps his students gain filmmaking skills to make a statement about their environment.||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.||Jean Enock Joseph teaches self-help to lift Haiti||Jerrilyn Jacobs mentors her students in music, dance and filmmaking.||Jesse Thyne was a generous soul with a passion for teaching.||Johann Olav Koss: Right To Play 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.||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.|
|Ludomatica offers technology and |
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 suceed 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.||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)||Pythagoras contributed to our understanding of mathematics, music and astronomy.||Raden Ajeng 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.||Retired Florida Teacher Rebuilds School in Haiti||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.||Sequoyah 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||Socrates 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 is a leader in the movement to transform education in Colombia to provide equal access to all children.||Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.||Wendy Gorton is an educational technology consultant and Google Certified Teacher.||Wendy Jewell is a passionate MY HERO educator, writer and Learning Circle facilitator.||Wendy Milette is a visionary filmmaker and educator.||Wyatt Smith makes a deal with his students: Learn Chinese. Go to China.|