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18 Teachers Who Are Real Life Heroes

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3. Born without arms, Mary Gannon teaches her students not to let anything hold them back.

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4. Retired teacher Millicent "Mama" Hill gives over 3,000 kids in Watts, Calif. a safe place to go after school.

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From the safety of Millicent Hill's own home, students can get help with their schoolwork and guidance for everything from gang violence to dealing with grief.

5. Math teacher Jon Kitna subbed for Tony Romo and made a forward pass to his students, donating his entire paycheck to the school.

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This retired player was called in for a one week contract with the Dallas Cowboys and gave the $55,294 that he made to his school.

13. Jeanne Manford was one of the founders of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

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After watching her gay son get beaten by police on television, this New York City teacher marched into the streets with a sign that read: "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for our Children."

17. Ina Koenig plunged into a 75 ft. mine to save a three-year-old boy and almost died.

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Koenig kept the boy's head above water for nearly two hours before finally being rescued by firefighters.

18. In a true act of heroism, Michael Landsberry sacrificed his life to protect his students.

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This Afghanistan veteran fearlessly approached the shooter, giving students on the playground time to escape to safety. He received a Citizen of the Year award for his bravery, and secured a place in history as one of the most heroic teachers of all time.

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