Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Neshaminy teacher earns Teacher as Hero award from National Liberty Museum

LANGHORNE A Neshaminy High School English teacher and adviser to the school's student newspaper, which has been embroiled in a controversy with administrators about the students' desire to cease using the term Redskin, has earned a "Teacher as Hero" award from the National Liberty Museum.

Tara Huber will be honored at an awards ceremony April 3 at the museum in Philadelphia, according to Samantha Kirk, the museum's education coordinator.


Huber has overseen the school's student newspaper, The Playwickian, during a tumultuous year. After the paper's editorial board voted in October to ban using the word Redskin, the school mascot, principal Rob McGee ordered the ban overturned, which has led to a running debate between the students and administrators.

The battle was widely covered in the media, and an advocacy group began coordinating legal representation for the students.

Dennis Howie, a fellow English teacher at Neshaminy, wrote in a letter nominating Huber for the award that she is "the strongest, most heroic teacher I know," and that she has ably defended students during the highly public and often volatile debate.

The Playwickian's editor-in-chief, Gillian McGoldrick, a junior, has also been honored this year, and several students won awards last month from the Pennsylvania News Media Association.

- Chris Palmer

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