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Major League Baseball, People and Target are recognizing teachers in your community.

Kelly Ogles

Carrollton Junior High School
Carrollton, Ga.

Kelly Ogles joined the Navy, serving as its first female photographer assigned to a P-3 squadron. She returned to school to earn her bachelor's and is working on her Master's degrees, specifically focused on teaching at-risk and minority students. Kelly encourages her students to take advantage of their educational opportunities. Her own passion for space and science has led her to participate in several exclusive NASA teacher space camps as well as Northrup Grumman's Zero gravity Flight and Space Camp for Educators in Huntsville, Ala. She has also started Carrollton City's first Science Bowl team and offered its first rocketry class. Each year, the Atlanta fan makes a scrapbook for her eighth-grade class and presents it to the students when they graduate high school. Students from the high school routinely visit her to thank her for her inspiration. Her classroom is lined with college banners encouraging students to set a goal of getting a college education early in life and to not settle for anything less. Kelly has several nominations and awards for school including Teacher of the Month and Teacher of Year as well as receiving local and federal grants.
Why Kelly roots for the Braves: "I became a fan of the Atlanta Braves in 1991, the year they went from worst to first! Watching Justice, Bream, Pendleton, Olson and of course, Avery, Glavine and Smoltz bring the team the success it had in the '90s and beyond was a sight to behold! Even today with Freeman, Gattis, Heyward, Johnson and pitchers Kimbrel, Minor and Medlen (to name a few) the same teamwork, dedication and professionalism exist. There is a reason the Atlanta Braves are "America's Team," as they uphold all that is great about America! GO BRAVES."

Judy Stewart

Oak Grove Elementary
Acworth, Ga.

Judy Stewart has a passion for teaching, and she's always ready step up to the plate when asked. In 33 years, she's taught almost every grade and subject at Oak Grove Elementary, from second grade and computer class to EIP and ESOL. She's even taught the children of her students. She has changed positions, taken on new students and even given up her class in order to better provide for her students. Judy is no stranger to sacrifice. Her career in education began when she graduated from Kennesaw College in 1980. but the Judy's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at that time and Judy became her primary caretaker, often not sleeping for days. Unfortunately, her mom didn't live to see Judy marry her husband Scott and raise two children, both becoming teachers themselves. This Braves fan has the utmost respect of her peers. And from the gifts and visits of former students, to the dances and silly songs and hugs and tears of joy shared with grateful current students, on any day, her influence and inspiration can be witnessed in so many ways.
Why Judy roots for the Braves: "I was born a Georgia girl, raised a Braves fan."

Katherine Van Heidrich

KIPP Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C.

From the time she was a toddler, everyone knew Katherine Van Heidrich was something special. Even as her teachers said she had "complex learning disorders," she continued to excel. She graduated from high school and gained early admission to Brown University, committing to becoming a teacher. Katherine's devotion to teaching, volunteerism and community building was clear. Katherine graduated from Brown with a degree in Africana studies and religious studies and could have gone into any career specialty. She chose teaching because she wants to be on the "front line" and wanted to teach in an inner-city school so she could give back to the community that gave her so much. In her first year of teaching, Katherine became grade-level chair at her school and coached cross country. This Braves fan is pretty special outside of the classroom, too. In 2013, Katherine had heard that one of her former students was losing his home a few days before the start of school because it was due to be auctioned by a predatory lender. Katherine took to social networks and, in a single day, raised $12,000. She saved that family's home, bought school supplies and clothes, and reconnected their utilities.

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