"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome" (Booker T. Washington).
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
|Abraham Lincoln was a U.S president who fought for the abolition of slavery while keeping the country united.||Abraham Lincoln's Life, Leadership, & Legacy: |
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Reveals the Man Behind the Icon
|Alexander Hamilton helped established a thriving U.S. republic with strong moral values.||Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist and dissident who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.||Angela Davis is a leader, author, and professor who has fought for decades for human rights.||Art Miki founded the National Association for Japanese Canadians to help redress Japanese rights lost during WWII.|
|Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her life to freeing Burma from a repressive dictatorship and creating democracy without violence.||Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, diplomat, writer, and a huge influence on American history.||Bill Bradley once a pro-basketball player now is a politician who advocates reform to make America better for all.||Booker T. Washington was an educator and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute.||Cesar Chavez was a tireless advocate for migrant farm workers.||Chief Joseph led the Nez Perce tribe in an effort to keep its homeland.|
|Chief Standing Bear argued successfully for Native Americans to have the right of habeas corpus.||Clara Shortridge Foltz was the first woman to practice law in California.||Clarence Darrow is Morris Dees' hero.||Constance Motley became the first African-American woman judge on the largest federal trial bench in the US.||Craig Kielburger believes kids can change the world.||Crazy Horse bravely fought for the freedom of the Sioux Nation.|
|Dalai Lama is the religious leader of Tibet and an emblem of Tibet's hopes for freedom.||Daniel Pearl was a Wall Street Journal reporter who reported the news with courage, integrity, and intelligence.||Deborah Sampson was the first American woman who fought as a man for freedom.||Declaration of Human Rights established the basis for human rights beliefs and practices |
all over the world.
|Denis Mukwege Helps Women Ravaged By Congo War||Desmond Tutu worked to end apartheid in South Africa.|
|Dr. Martin |
Luther King, Jr.
"I Have a Dream" was the civil rights speech that moved the world
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Congressman John Lewis talks about how Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired him as a young man during the Civil Rights Movement||Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet is known as the 'Mandela of Cuba' because he bravely defends the rights of Cuban citizens.||Eleanor Roosevelt was a champion for freedom and devoted her life to gaining rights for others||Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a pioneer in the movement for women's rights.||Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman president of an African nation, Liberia.|
|Emma Lazarus was an advocate for immigrants' rights and wrote the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.||Emmeline Pankhurst fought tirelessly for women's suffrage, and succeeded.||Fadela Amara is recognized throughout France as a champion of women's rights.||Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader and voting rights advocate.||Frances Ellen Watkins was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.||Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The New Dealer guided the United States through the Great Depression and World War II.|
|Fred Korematsu bravely protested the Japanese-American internment.||Frederick Douglass courageously spoke out against slavery and became a trusted advisor to Abraham Lincoln.||George Washington was the first President of the United States.||Grace Lee Boggs has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years||Harriet Tubman organized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.||Helen Suzman bravely stood up against apartheid and was the first female South African Minister of Parliament.|
|Helen Zia is an Asian American journalist, scholar and activist for human rights.||Ian McKellen is an accomplished English actor and human rights activist.||Inez Milholland Boissevain lived a brief but spectacular life dedicated to women's suffrage.||Inge Sargent is a Burmese princess devoted to human rights for all.||Iqbal Masih was a brave advocate for child labor laws in Pakistan.||Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball.|
|James Reeb risked his own life as a brave civil rights crusader.||Jane Addams was a leading reformist and peace advocate.||Janet Jagan was the first female president of Guyana and dedicated her life to building the independence of a nation.||Janusz Korczak stayed behind to protect his orphan students during the Holocaust.||Jeremy Glick was a hero of Flight 93 and Emmy's beloved father.||Jessie Daniel Ames worked openly and actively on behalf of racial justice.|
|John Adams worked as hard for peace for the United States as he did for its independence.||John Lewis has worked for civil rights for all for over 40 years.||Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta is Kerry Kennedy's hero because of his human rights work in East Timor.||Jose Marti is considered the father of Cuba's battle for independence.||Joseph Ki-Zerbo works to help Africans retain control of their country's agriculture.||Josephine Baker was a popular African American dancer in France, fought for civil rights and freedom against the Nazis.|
|Judy Feld Carr secretly helped thousands of Jews escape from Syria.||Kailash Satyarthi is determined to end child labor practices around the world.||Kofi Annan is an honored freedom and peacemaker hero.||Lucky Chhetri runs the 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking company and Empowering Women of Nepal||Lydia Maria Child wrote brilliantly to advocate for the abolition of slavery.||Lyndon B. Johnson was John's great grandfather and the 36th President of the United States.|
|Malala Yousafzai speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education.||Malcolm X was a warrior in the fight against racism.||Marian Wright Edelman is one of the country's leading advocates for children.||Martin Luther King, Jr. Peaceful freedom fighter and civil rights activist||Mary Harris Jones worked to free men, women, and children from industrial slavery.||Mary Richards Bowser was a black spy in the Confederate White House of Jefferson Davis.|
|Medgar Wiley Evers worked to end racism in America||Mohammad Hatta was a central figure in Indonesia's fight for independence.||Mohandas K. Gandhi used non-violence to free India from British rule.||Morris Seligman Dees is the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.||Moses led the Jews from slavery and gave them religious laws.||Nellie McClung believed in equal rights for all women|
|Nelson Mandela is Muhammad Ali's hero because he understands what it means to fight against enormous odds||Nelson Mandela is a peacemaker and a freedom hero.||Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela dedicated his life to abolishing apartheid and establishing a democracy in South Africa.||Osceola led the Seminoles in their battle for independence.||Oskar Schindler saved almost 1200 Jews during the Holocaust.||Paul Revere risked his life for the freedom of the American colonies.|
|Pernille Ironside goes to war zones to free child soldiers Pernille Ironside goes to war zones to free child soldiers||Qasim Amin was a forerunner in the fight for women's liberation in the Islamic world.||Quaid-E-Azam helped to create the nation of Pakistan and obtain significant political rights for Muslims||RAWA promotes women's rights through non-violent action.||Rev. James Reeb worked for equal rights for all.||Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung works to end human trafficking of Vietnamese women workers and brides.|
|Robert F. Kennedy was a voice for the powerless and advocate for human rights.||Roger Nash Baldwin A pioneer in the struggle for civil justice.||Rosa Parks made history when she refused to sit in the back of the bus.||Ruby Bridges bravely led the way to desegregation of schools as a child.||Sojourner Truth born into slavery, worked for the freedom of all.||Susan B. Anthony led the early Women's Suffrage Movement.|
|Susie King Taylor was a pioneer in the struggle for African American women's rights.||The Danish Resistance acted bravely in a time of darkness.||The Greensboro Four protested segregation with a sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter.||The Little Rock Nine bravely fought discrimination to attend an all white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.||Thomas Jefferson helped the American Colonies achieve independence from Britain.||Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.|
|Tiananmen Square discuss freedom and democracy at Tian An Min Square.||Todd Beamer was a hero of Flight 93 on 9/11.||Ulysses S. Grant helped calm the U.S. after the Civil War.||Vaclav Havel despite censorship, wrote plays that helped keep the hope of freedom alive....||Varian Fry helped thousands of refugees escape from France during WWII.||W.E.B. Dubois was a leading 19th century writer and scholar.|
|William Wallace was a late 13th century freedom fighter for Scotland and Ireland||Winston Churchill was one of the first to recognize and warn others of Hitler's danger to freedom and human rights.|
|"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.|