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

Colleen Antas

Schurz High School
Chicago

Colleen Antas is a Chicago public high school teacher who has translated her experience as an athlete and coach on the field into a teaching career dedicated to turning around the lives of challenged students. She draws upon her experience as a college player and PURPLE peer mentor on the women's varsity soccer team at Northwestern University and believes that sports can engage students not only physically, but academically. She spearheads the OneGoal program at Schurz High School and works hard to create a positive, college-bound culture within the school, leading her students to graduate from college at radically higher rates than their peers. The Cubs fan graduated from Northwestern University magna cum laude, as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and as a recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship of the Year award. She is a special education and Spanish teacher as well as a program director for OneGoal. She also coaches the varsity girls' soccer team and led her team to receive the honor of being the first Chicago public schools girl's soccer team to play at Toyota Park after a Chicago Fire MLS game. She is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports team lead and is the co-chair of Student Council, in charge of school blood drives, school dances and charity events. Colleen motivates her students to be the best they can be on the field, in the classroom and in the community. She has a special focus on reaching Hispanic students, many of whom will be the first generation in their families to attend college.
Why Colleen roots for the Cubs: "Growing up in the Chicagoland area, I was a Chicago Cubs fan for many reasons including the family atmosphere that Wrigley Field offers, my involvement as an athlete at Northwestern, where we were involved in events at Wrigley Field including NU Day at Cubs' games, and the fact that I live today in the Wrigleyville area. Go Cubs!"

Christopher Della Valle

Cheyenne High School
North Las Vegas, Nev.

Christopher Della Valle graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1999 and returned to teach there after earning his college degree. Chris has the genetic disorder dwarfism and has never let that stop him from accomplishing anything. Chris is actively involved in the Cheyenne community, and you will often find him donating his time announcing sporting events. Football, softball, basketball and soccer fans have all enjoyed his entertaining calls. His sense of humor and zeal make this Cubs fan a great educator and person. Chris is a co-teacher in mathematics at Cheyenne and exemplifies what it means to teach collaboratively. He is a role model for other special education teachers at the school. In addition to being a stellar classroom teacher, Chris is the teacher of record for many students that are assigned to his special education caseload. He helps these students navigate high school and become contributing members of the community. Beyond the classroom, he is a role model to students and his peers alike. Everyone can see that a disability does not have to prevent you from doing anything in life, and both students and teachers respect and admire that.
Why Christopher roots for the Cubs: "Being born on the North Side of Chicago, I've had love for underdogs engrained into my DNA."

Regina Kinasz

St. Emily
Mount Prospect, Ill.

Regina Kinasz graduated from Loyola University in 1980 with a B.S. in education. She began teaching seventh- and eighth-grade math and science at Our Lady of Victory School. From 1985-2004, she raised five children but continued volunteering by teaching after school programs, coaching and fundraising. She returned to the professional setting in 2004 as a part-time math teacher at St. Emily Elementary School. Her success was so impactful that she was immediately offered a full-time position, where has been teaching ever since. Regina began the "accelerated algebra" class where record numbers of students were placed into advanced math classes as freshmen in high school. Regina's dedication to the school contributed to St. Emily receiving the National Blue Ribbon award in 2011 for the first time in its history. Her seventh-grade mathematics standardized test scores are 36 percent higher than the national average, ranking in the top 15 percent. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and in 2011, the Shining Star Award from the Village of Mt. Prospect. Regina formed the St. Emily Scholastic Bowl team, and the Cubs fan is even responsible for obtaining new uniforms for the school's athletic teams.
Why Regina roots for the Cubs: "Following the tradition set by my dad and brother, I grew up watching the Cubs every day, including my favorites such as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Glenn Beckert, listening to the "Hey, hey" of Jack Brickhouse, and attending Ladies Day games with my family at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field."

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