First Filipino Teacher Honored with “Teacher as a Hero Award” in Philadelphia, PA

I am very humbled and honored to be chosen as one of the “Teacher as a Hero awardee of National Liberty Museum. There is an ongoing exhibit  in the NLM Museum featuring the 15 Awardees, bring your family, friends and school to know more about the heroes in our communities and around the world. 

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First Filipino Teacher to be Honored with “Teacher as a Hero Award” in Philadelphia US
Mary Angel Alim- Flores will be one of the 2014-2015 “Teacher As Hero” Awards recipients on April 30.

Philadelphia, PA (April 23, 2015) – Mary Angel Alim- Flores, the math department chair and middle school math teacher at Truebright Science Academy Charter School is one of 15 of teachers in the Delaware Valley who will be honored by the National Liberty Museum during the 2015 “Teacher As Hero” Awards on April 30.

The event will be emceed by 6abc’s Shirleen Allicot, and will feature a keynote address by Salome Thomas-EL, National Education Expert, and Award-Winning Teacher and Principal in Philadelphia, as well as special award presentations by State Farm Representatives.

The “Teacher As Hero” award is annually given to a number of educators in the region who inspire, motivate and educate young people. Teachers are nominated by their administration, other peers, or as in the case of Ms. Flores – their students.

Flores came to the United States from the Philippines and originally taught for several years in the Baltimore City Public School system. Her journey there was well documented, as Flores was one of four Filipino women to be featured in a PBS documentary entitled “The Learning,” which aimed to capture the experiences and impact of migrating to the US to teach. After making the move to Philadelphia from Baltimore, Flores quickly flourished as the head of the math department – raising test scores and organizing events that combine learning and cultural lessons.

Her biggest accomplishment is the school’s Multicultural Day, where students not only learn history about various countries, but also get to experience the food, music, dance and culture. Twenty teachers transformed their classrooms into a different country, and students were given passports to travel the world. With the funds raised on this day, Mary Angel and the students at TSACS were able to raise enough money to sponsor two Filipino students for an entire year – covering the cost of education, supplies, and even clothes. “I teach because it is my passion to give as much back to students, both here in America and in the Philippines,” said Flores when asked what drives her each day.

About the Teacher as Hero Award Nomination Process
The National Liberty Museum invited fellow educators, school administrators, students, and community members to share stories of teachers who have made a positive impact in the community. Community members were asked to nominate educators who foster an appreciation for diversity in the classroom; teach students how to resolve conflicts respectfully; give students a deeper understanding of the relationship between rights and responsibilities; honor student voice in the classroom and in public spaces; take risks in order to remove an obstacle to a student’s liberty; incorporate the above concepts in their relationships with colleagues and community members; or demonstrate excellence in teaching teen driver safety or an auto safety initiative. After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, the judging was then done by the NLM’s leadership in consultation with State Farm.

The award ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the National Liberty Museum located at 321 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA. After the awards ceremony, the stories of these winners will be displayed in the NLM’s Live Like a Hero Gallery for one year, presenting a visual and captivating ‘Teacher as Hero’ exhibit for all the public to see.

Full List of 2015 ‘Teacher as Hero’ Award Recipients:

Amy Hatlee- Governor Mifflin High School (Shillington, PA)
Carol Turano – Pinelands Regional School District (Tuckerton, NJ)
Christopher Rupertus – St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA)
Mary Angel Alim- Flores Truebright Science Academy Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)
Christie Besack – Central Bucks High School West (Doylestown, PA)
Lisa Teixeira – Kennett High School, (Kennett Square, PA)
David Magpiong – Voorhees Middle School (Voorhees, NJ)
David Stokes – The Paul Robeson High School for Human Services (Philadelphia, PA)
Emily Domineske – St. Basil Academy (Jenkintown, PA)
Evan Kramp – Strawberry Mansion High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Jennifer Mahieu – Samsel Upper Elementary School (Parlin, NJ)
Kevin Forik – Richard Allen Preparatory Charter (Abington, PA)
Marilyn Larke – Camden County Technical School (Pennsauken, NJ)
Peggy Marie Savage – Richmond Elementary School   (Philadelphia, PA)
Sara Flounders – Boy’s Latin of Philadelphia Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)

About Truebright Science Academy Charter School: The mission of the Truebright Science Academy Charter School (TSACS) is to offer an educational model that will equip all students with the core skills necessary to succeed in the highest-ranked colleges and the competitive world beyond.
TSACS recognizes that the students will enter a global workforce. As well as encouraging excellence in education, TSACS’ educational programs will contribute to the social development of our students. Through these programs and opportunities provided with field trips and international student-exchange experiences, our students will become more mature, more culturally aware, will attain a broad, global perspective, and will become productive world citizens. For more information visit

About the National Liberty Museum: The National Liberty Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to advancing liberty though fostering strong character and civic engagement. Each year, approximately 70,000 visitors walk through the museum’s front steps and are inspired by its unique 78 exhibits and are given the chance to have a uniquely reflective experience through its collection of glass art. The Museum is actively working to bring liberty to life through outreach opportunities including its Young Heroes Club program, which teaches students about liberty, strong character, and how to live like a hero every day. Thanks to grant support from the John Templeton Foundation, the program has been provided with the resources to now be the strongest and most meaningful Young Heroes curriculum yet.

The National Liberty Museum believes that civic engagement, grounded in strong character, enables liberty to flourish. And that each of us can be a hero of liberty. Because, where liberty lives, people live better.


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