"You learn by watching."
|Aaron Chang inspires others through his photos of the beauty and majesty of the ocean.||Aaron Copland is one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century.||Adam Sandler brings comic-relief to people of all ages||Adams Sie is an up and coming film director from Senegal.||Akiane Kramarik is an incredible young artist who is self taught.||Aleksey Nikolayevich Beketov left a legacy of beautiful buildings in Ukraine.|
|Alexander Borodin was an accomplished chemist, composer and staunch advocate of women's rights.||Alvin Ailey was a choreographer and founder of the American Dance Theater.||Andrei Tarkovsky was a filmmaker who 'invented a new language, true to the nature of film'.||Angela Brooks is an architect who works to create sustainable and affordable housing.||Anna Pavlova was a Russian ballerina and is known as one of the finest classical dancers in history||Ansel Adams was an 'artist-activist' whose photographs of nature inspired conservation.|
|Antoni Gaudi is one of the most recognized architects of his time.||Antonin Dvorak was a Czech composer who influenced other artists.||Artemisia Gentileschi was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.||Audrey Hepburn was an actress, dancer and notable Ambassador for UNICEF||BAFTA LA brings Shakespeare to life for South LA students.||Baje Whitethorne is a celebrated Navajo painter and author.|
|Barbara Stuart Rabinowitsch was a member of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt and of Ballet Pacifica.||Beniamino Bufano created distinctive sculptures addressing the theme of peace.||Bill Cosby injects his comedy with wisdom.||Biloxi's "Mad Potter" Moves into |
Gehry-designed Art Museum
|Bob Dylan is a pioneer musician and singer songwriter who continues to influence music today.||Bob Geldof is known for his anti-poverty work for Africa and is a Nobel Prize nominee.|
|Bob Hope had the rare ability to bring laughter everywhere he went.||Bono (Paul Hewson) is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.||Bud Greenspan is a filmmaker extraordinaire dubbed the 'Poet Laureate of the Olympics.'||Cameron Sinclair is the founder of Architecture for Humanity, which brings services to communities in need.||Carol Burnett an award-winning actress and comedienne||Charles M. Schulz made people laugh every day.|
|Charlie Chaplin taught us to laugh in the face of adversity.||Charlie Parker was a great musician and father.||Christopher Reeve never gave up hope for himself or for others with paralysis.||Claude Oscar Monet is a famous impressionist painter.||Damon K. Wayans brought Matt relief from depression through his comedic talent.||Daniel Libeskind is an architect whose work inspires peace.|
|Danny Thomas is the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.||Dexter Gordon was a musician nominated for an Oscar.||Diane Challis Davy directs the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters.||Diego Rivera was a famed Mexican muralist and revolutionary.||Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who worked with Cesar Chavez to found the United Farm Workers,||Dorothea Lange captured powerful moments in history with a keen eye for the human condition.|
|Doug Miller Is an iconic artist and musician in Laguna Beach, Calfifornia.||Dr. Michael Irving created a memorial monument as a voice for victims of child abuse.||Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss was an artist who also wrote charming, absurd rhymes.||Edmonia Lewis defied restrictions on black women and achieved respect in the art community.||Fauzia Minallah is the founder of Funkor Childart Centre and an ARTIVIST.||Fernando Botero is a Colombian painter famous for his robust figures.|
|Frances Anne Hopkins is a famous Canadian artist known for her canoe paintings.||Frank Lloyd Wright was an innovative architect.||Frank Owen Gehry has developed his |
own unique style of design.
|Frank Zappa was a musician and composer with a flair for the absurd.||Fred Batley gives young and aspiring actors and actresses a chance to shine.||Frida Kahlo became a famous Mexican artist despite polio and injuries.|
|Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was an artist and teacher who gave children hope during the Holocaust.||Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel revolutionized women's fashion and empowered women||Gary Birch is a compassionate educator and role model to his students.||Gibran Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese poet, artist and philosopher who is third after Shakespeare and Lao-Tsu.||Gustave Eiffel was the French architect who gave the United States the Eiffel Tower.||Hany El-Miniawy is an Egyptian architect who uses architecture to help alleviate poverty.|
|Harry Houdini was a master of escape.||Hayao Miyazaki is a talented film and animation creator.||Helen Hayes is considered the 'First Lady of American Theater.'||Holly Carter gives kids and others the tools to tell their stories.||Ian McKellen is an accomplished English actor and human rights activist.||Ivana Kobilca was an important Slovene realist painter.|
|J.N. (Ding) Darling was a conservationist and cartoonist who used his art to raise awareness about the environment.||Jackie Chan is a beloved comedic martial artist and philanthropist.||Jacob Lawrence broke racial barriers as a renowned painter.||Jim Carrey is an actor, impersonator and eccentric comedian.||Jim Henson was the world's most famous puppeteer and Father of the Muppets.||Johan (Jean) Julius Christian Sibelius was an innovative modern composer.|
|John Tu founder of Kingston Technology is also a musician and a supporter of the Freedom Writers.||Josefina Lopez is a Latina screenwriter |
who believes in the
power of women.
|Josephine Baker was a popular African American dancer in France, fought for civil rights and freedom against the Nazis.||Katie Lee is a passionate advocate for wilderness.||Kaziah Hancock paints portraits of fallen soldiers as a memorial keepsake for their families.||Ken Theeradej Wongpuapan is a popular Thai actor and UNICEF Youth Ambassador.|
|Kenji Williams creates music and films that celebrate the earth.||Laurel Burch is an artist who has inspired other artists and women in need across the globe||Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist and inventor.||Lita Albuquerque is an environmental artist who works on a large scale.||Lou Ferrigno is a successful actor and bodybuilder who overcame a hearing disability.||Louis Sullivan is credited with inventing the skyscraper.|
|M.C. Escher created art that plays with perspective and dimension.||MacGillivray Family founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation||Mamadou Tall Diedhiou combines recycled materials to create inspiring works of art.||Margot Fonteyn was a world-renowned dancer.||Maria Tallchief is a Native American ballerina who is known worldwide for her outstanding performances.||Marian Anderson was a world-renowned opera singer.|
|Mary Cassatt filled the world with her beautiful paintings of children, mothers, love and kindness.||Mary Jane Colter designed the rustic buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park.||Maya Lin is an architect and sculptor.||Message in a box: Franck de Las|
Mercedes's peace packages creates peace boxes to send all over the world
|Michael J. Fox works to find a cure for Parkinsons Disease.||Miranda Andersen is a young filmmaker and environmentalist who uses her talents to create awareness.|
|Nam June Paik #1 Video Artist is regarded as the 'father of video art.'||Nicolae Grigorescu was one of the founders of modern Romanian painting.||Nirvan Mullick is a filmmaker who spotted 'the perfect moment' when he filmed Caine's Arcade.||Oswaldo Guayasamin was an Ecuadorian artist whose work reflected his commitment to democracy.||Paloma Herrera is an accomplished ballerina.||Pam Smith-Rodden helped turn a dream into a reality for an author and a community.|
|Patrick Nagatani uses photography and colored lights to promote good health.||Paul Robeson was a singer, actor, football player scholar and civil rights activist.||Pedro Almodovar is considered one of |
the most influential
|Peter Jackson is a filmmaker who directed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.||Picasso's "Guernica" in for medical checkup||Piet Kroon is a talented Dutch filmmaker and devoted dad.|
|Preserving Mexico's folk art masks||R. Buckminster Fuller designed the geodesic dome.||Raphael Sanzio da Urbino was an Italian painter of the High Renaissance.||Rembrandt van Rijn captures the suffering, reflection and compassion of humanity in his art.||Robert Redford established the Sundance Film Festival to effect change in the world.||Robert Shetterly paints portraits of Americans who have acted with courage to do the right thing.|
|Robert Wise was a filmmaker, teacher and mentor.||Roberto Arevalo of The Mirror Project |
teaches kids TV production.
|Rudolph Nureyev was a legendary Russian ballet dancer.||Scott Joplin composed operatic and ragtime music and influenced early jazz.||September McGee is an artist and a teacher.||Simon Velez is a prize winning architect who uses sustainable materials.|
|Stephen Joseph uses art to protect the land.||Stephen Sondheim composed popular Broadway musicals.||Steven Spielberg is an award winning filmmaker who pushed the limits of his art.||Stevie Wonder a musician who has overcome great obstacles||Tadao Ando is a world-famous Japanese architect.||Taron Lexton applies his filmmaking talents to advocate for human rights.|
|Tom Shadyac is a gifted and accomplished writer and filmmaker who gave up everything to understand the human spirit.||Tomihiro Hoshino creates captivating art and poetry despite paralysis.||Veronica Tennant, the Prima Ballerina is an accomplished Canadian dance film producer and director.||Vincent Van Gogh remains one of the world's most renowned artists.||Vojko Gasperut creates beautiful paintings despite his paralysis.||Walt Disney was both a visionary artist and an entrepreneur.|
|Wang Yani has been painting since |
she was three
|Will Smith is a musician and actor whose roles are often heroic and funny.||Wilson Bentley was the first person to photograph a single snowflake.||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart prolific and influential classical music composer||Wyland is an internationally recognized artist and marine life conservationist.||Young@Heart is a chorus of senior citizens that sings classic rock and pop songs.|
|Youssef Chahine is a highly respected and accomplished Egyptian film director.||Yuri Mason shared her love of life and peace through the power of her paintings.||Zaha Hadid is the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.|
|"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|
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.
|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.||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.||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.|