MY great-grandma has toughed it out for 100 years. Not a lot of people can do that - and she still spreads joy to all of us.
|Ampuh Puan Nandini is a hero to her daughter, Bella.||Andrea Suzanne Peterson is a hero to her little sister, Lindsey.||Anita Mummert makes a difference in the lives of children, as a foster parent.||Annie Glenn the wife of astronaut and senator John Glenn, is an inspiration for people with all kinds of disabilities.||Argelia Rivas de Prom is a champion tennis player who inspires her granddaughter.||Art Miki founded the National Association for Japanese Canadians to help redress Japanese rights lost during WWII.|
|Betty Rommetvedt Zagel is a caring mother and grandmother and continues to use her gifts to give to others||Brice Cunningham is a hero to his sister because of his attitude, drive and wisdom.||Calista M. Pierce makes and sells crafts to raise money for the Special Olympics.||Catherine Malonza saved her brother's life.||Cathie Campbell is raising three daughters on her own and works with autistic children||Christian Roberts is a cancer survivor who taught his sister to appreciate the precious gift of life.|
|Cleo (Yaiya) inspires her granddaughter with her strength and sense of humor.||Clint L. Hines inspires his granddaughter with his humility, compassion and faith.||Clyde Briley inspires his granddaughter to make a difference in the world.||Dad taught us about integrity, friendship, and putting in 100% of ourselves in anything we take on.||Dan & Amy Eldon are not only Kathy Eldon's children; they are also her heroes.||David L. Kaplan is like a father to Becky Weitzman.|
|David Lissak helped teens get back into school and will be missed by his family.||Denise Buchner is a hero to her son, Oliver, because she helps people in Third World countries.||Derwin and Tori gave Ian, and other kids, a chance at a better life.||Dick Hoyt is a dedicated Dad who breaks down barriers to his son's disability.||Doris Marie Swords Poppler inspired her granddaughter with her community activism.||Dorothy (Mama Dot) Humbert inspired her family when she went back to college in her 70s.|
|Dwayne Johnson is a role model for his proud younger brother, Kevin.||Elena Vasilishyna beloved by daughter and community in Belarus.||Erika is a hero|
to her father,
|Ernest Jones, Sr. is admired by his granddaughter for having ''birthed a generation of leaders.''||Esther Okafor inspires her daughter to be a doctor.||Esther Pfannensteil inspires her granddaughter with her generosity and deep faith.|
|Etshteyn Michael was a Russian opera singer and his granddaughter's hero.||Family and Friends A first grade class from New York tell us about their family heroes.||Family-to-Family links well-off families to others in need||FAMOUS FATHERS who created something great.||FATHER FIGURES can be a friend or teacher or even the neighborhood grocer.||Fathers are heroes too!|
|Gatha N. Hegwood was a hero to her grandchild, Rebekah||George Ritter von Trapp with courage and wit defended his family and country.||Gerda Weissmann Klein is a Holocaust survivor and a hero to her great-great niece.||Grace Croft Montgomery Kelly inspired her granddaughter to return to college in her forties to earn her degree.||Graham Hartley Woolfall was an accomplished architect who is admired and loved by his great granddaughter.||Harry N. Frenchak is the greatest man his son has ever known.|
|Heather Martina's Aunt Heather leaves everything to help others.||Hj. I.Rochmah was a beloved single mother who raised 13 children.||Hoang V. Vu never gives up; he knows there is always hope and teaches his daughter that 'Every little thing helps!'||Ivan Babak is a hardworking immigrant father from Ukraine who helped build a caring and sharing community.||James John Christenson Jr. is a life-saving firefighter and a kindhearted, loving, stepfather.||Jason Carpenter is a hero to his sister because of his strength, attitude and bravery in recovering from open heart surgery.|
|Jeni Stepanek is an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy who continues to spread her son Mattie's message of peace.||Jennifer Porter is a hero to her daughter, Stephanie, because of the way she humbly cares for her family and others.||Jeremy Glick was a hero of Flight 93 and Emmy's beloved father.||Jill Pyle is a teacher, a community volunteer, and a hero to Sammy.||Jillian inspires her sister, Rachel, with her courage and compassion.||Jim Coplin inspires his friend, Shauna, by the way he lives his life.|
|Joe Pinkerton is a hero to his daughter because he invents things that make the world a better place.||John Baggs was like a father to many.||John Fowler is a beloved father with a true spirit for adventure.||Joneice proved |
how strong a
kid can be to her
|José Antonio Knight Hernández is tireless reporter and editor, a dedicated father, and a loving husband.||Joseph Marcel Shook Jr. is a compassionate community leader and a hero to his son, Joseph.|
|Karla Diane Hurrell and her husband have fostered over 150 children.||Kathy Eldon inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.||Kelly Barnhill inspires her daughter with her commitment to help children with developmental disorders.||Lady Bird Johnson inspired her great-granddaughter with her kindness and care for the environment.||Leo A Strutner believed that if you love the people around you, the love will return to you as happiness.||Lewis E. Seeley was an inspiration to his great-nephew, for his bravery and sense of humor.|
|Linda Hart is her granddaughter Rachel's role model in life.||Lindsay Leigh Kimmett inspires her cousin to live life to the fullest and never stop growing.||Linh Le provides for, protects, and loves his wife and his admiring son, Danny.||Lula Mae Walker has been a foster parent to 300 kids.||Lyndon B. Johnson was John's great grandfather and the 36th President of the United States.||Mahsuda Ali is admired by her daughter for being brave, kind and caring.|
|Malick Seck is respected by his community and family for his humanitarian works, and his wisdom and dedication.||Marija Intihar taught her granddaughter the importance of optimism and love||Mark Richard Casagrande bravely battled |
cancer and was his daughter's hero.
|Matthew C. Bausch wants to build a physical therapy facility.||Matthew D. Cohen rescued his brother in a peaceful way.||Matthew Renna is a magical wood carver who inspires his family.|
|Meredith Nelle Herndon inspires her sister to live life to the fullest.||Michael James Lachtrup has taught his daughter to see the beauty and goodness in the world around her.||My Father, Arthur Newman Actor, businessman, philanthropist Paul Newman on his dad.||My Grandma teaches her grandchildren that hard work and courage can help them overcome difficult times.||My Mom, Christine raised three kids as a single mother and helps women and children escape abuse and violence||My Mom, Michelle helped her family cope and stick together through difficult times|
|My Sister: Jennifer Bird Women's basketball star Sue Bird talks about her sister and her hero: Jen Bird||Natalie Darwitz is an Olympic hockey champion who inspires her cousin with her perseverance and leadership skills.||Nicholas Nicholson inspires his son with his hard work and care for his family and community.||Oscar R. Ortiz is a devoted family man who became a minister and now helps the poor.||Paco, My Dyslexic Hero Grandpa Paco shows Skye that she can succeed at anything...||Papa Lloyd did not let his blindness keep him from serving his community.|
|Patrick and Angie Palmer are heroes to the young hero, Amber||Paul Confiant is a loving and caring father to his son, P.J.||Paula Watson is a role model to her granddaughter, Missy.||Peter E. Franz has worked very hard to become who he is today, and is his daughter's hero.||Phyllis Utircia Simmons is an inspiration to her daughter, Miriam||Piet Kroon is a talented Dutch filmmaker and devoted dad.|
|Puring Estigo inspired her grandson, Marlon, with her love and faith in God.||Rachel Schloesser inspires her younger sister with her upbeat attitude and positive outlook on life.||Raja Weksler helped her daughter survive in a concentration camp.||Richard Lou Ellert is his son, Jesse's, hero.||Robert E. Kimura, M.D. is a hero to his niece in and out of the operating room.||Robert Edward Doherty was an WWII veteran, a noted historian and author, and a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and friend.|
|Rose Marie Thomas donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.||Ruth Kaminsky Michele's great grandmother escaped terrible tragedy and danger in Poland and created a new life for herself in Canada.||Sadie Dunn is an inspiring role model as a teacher and great-grandmother.||Shannon Holloway is admired by his grandson because he always helped people and had a positive outlook on life.||Sharon Snyder is a role model, friend, and a constant source of strength, encouragement, and help.||Shequitta Kelly inspires her daughter with her accomplishments and her outreach to teens.|
|Stephen Siller: From The Tunnel to the Towers was a firefighter who bravely sacrificed his life to save others on 9/11.||Steven Sadicario is admired by his son for his work ethic and the way he finds time to spend with his family.||Susan Ence is committed to giving full-time care to her husband, who was left paralyzed after an accident.||Tendol Gyalzur provides a home and family for Tibetan and Chinese orphans.||Theodore Roosevelt Dexter loved adventure and was a master storyteller.||Therese Koutnik is an inspiration to her sister and a role model for girls who would like to become engineers.|
|Thomas Victor Cordiner is a devoted and loving father to his daughter, Sara.||Tom Theurkauf is loved, honored and remembered by his family.||Tommy Keith treated Matt as his own son and taught him the value of kindness and integrity.||Valdez Family selflessly reached out to help a family in need.||Victoria Akinnitire inspires her son with her hard work and success.||Wati Herlina Bolga Hasli, My Mother teachers her daughet to have confidence in herself and do her best.|
|William Warren Bradley Former senator Bill Bradley on his father.|
|"Teacher in Space" Christa McAuliffe's |
Memory Still Vivid After 25 Years
|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.||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.|
|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|
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 is a global educator who has made a great impact on the world in the field of education.
|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.||Herschel Vaughn conducts an after-school program that teaches music, discipline, and friendship.||Jacqueline Melnick is a music teacher.||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.||Jason XV: |
Teacher Argonauts Eight talented teachers from the US and Bermuda took part in Jason XV: Rainforests at the Crossroads in Panama.
|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.||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.||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.||Peggy Bryan emphasizes teacher support, parental and community involvement in the classroom.||Peter Copen is the founder of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)||Phil Layne gives encouragement, hope, and a helping hand to his students.||Raden Ajeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.||Ranald MacDonald was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.|
|Randy Randall exhibits strength, courage, and integrity to his students.||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||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.|
|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.|