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On February 26, 2019 at 10 AM, the 9/11 Tribute Museum will honor teachers from across the United States for the lessons they have created to introduce students of all ages to the complex topic of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and their aftermath.

For only the second time, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Teacher Awards ceremony will be open to the public to highlight the work of educators in helping students to understand the effects of the attacks on 9/11 and how people have tried to make a positive difference in the years since.
This year’s award winners work in elementary and middle school classrooms, and in each case have found age-appropriate resources and have developed projects that allow students to find their own ways to pay tribute to both those lost and those who responded. Many of the teachers have utilized primary sources as a key element in their lessons. The teachers have also emphasized the importance of the compassion that followed the attacks as an inspiration to engaging their students in community service activities.
Each winning school receives a cash award contributed by 9/11 family foundations who support the 9/11 Tribute Museum’s educational outreach. The foundations are:

The Brooke Jackman Foundation
The Christopher Slattery 9/11 Memorial Foundation
The Greg Richards, Larry Polatsch, Scott Weingard (GLS) Memorial Fund
The Terence D. Gazzani 9/11 Scholarship Fund,
The Terry Farrell Firefighters’ Scholarship Fund
The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust.

Also this year, the 9/11 Tribute Museum will be dedicating the awards to the memory of Jefferson Crowther who passed away recently. Jeff and his wife Alison were closely tied to the 9/11 Tribute Museum as sponsors of the Teacher Awards from the very first year they were given out. Everyone at the 9/11 Tribute Museum send their condolences to Alison and the entire Crowther family.

This event is open to the public. Educators and students are particularly invited to attend. The ceremony will be held at the 9/11 Tribute Museum, 92 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006.


2019 Awardees:

  • Rebecca Benjamin, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Schnectady, New York
  • Michael Ozohonish, Bethlehem-Center Middle School, Fredericktown, Pennsylvania
  • Coty Thatcher and Mike Hix, Schoo Middle School, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Xochitl Valtierra, Valley Horizon Elementary School, Yuma, Arizona


Honorable Mention:

  • Putnam Murdock, Friends Academy, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts


February 26, 1993:
Learn more about the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by visiting our online exhibit.

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