Teacher of Courage and Conscience Award was created to recognize teachers who improve access to high-quality education for those students who are currently least well-served; advocate for the education profession; encourage student curiosity and love of learning, use innovative teaching strategies, and engage students in meaningful problem-solving, knowledge-production, or artistic work; and embody and put into practice the values of Villanova University: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. Recipients of the award are well-respected by their colleagues, beloved by their students, and recognized as teacher activists or agents of change in their local communities.

Nominations are currently closed. Nomination and Submission Guidelines will be available for the 2025 award.

A committee including former award recipients, academics, educators, and administrators from surrounding schools will meet to evaluate submissions. Finalists will be announced in early May. These finalists will be presented with the award and a token of our appreciation, at an event in May.

Sam Reed, III, U School in Philadelphia

Patricia Sheetz, Memphis Street Academy Charter School 

Keith Benson, Camden High School

Judy Cassidy, Holy Child School, Rosemont

Ismael Jimenez, CAPA High School

Danielle Arnold-Schwartz, Welsh Valley Middle School

Kelley Collings, Feltonville Schools of Arts & Sciences

Carl Rosin, Radnor High School

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