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

Rachel Blanks

Wogaman 5-8 School
Dayton, Ohio

Rachel Blanks attended college on several scholarships -- the National Coca Cola, Toyota and the Eddie Robinson Scholarship, to name a few -- graduating with a bachelor's in business and a Master's in educational leadership. She is passionate about empowering youth to be successful. She received a $10,000 grant for her bakery business, and after gathering other young entrepreneurs in her network, designed a Young Entrepreneurs program to teach basic business principles helping kids develop their own small businesses in a micro-society setting. She has organized speakers ranging from health food experts to a federal judge and collected over $1,000 in grants for Place Based curriculum. Rachel established the fitness and nutrition club for the 21st century and was recognized as the "educator working for you" by the local news. She was Employee of the Year for the entire state of Florida in 2011. Rachel was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and hospitalized for an extensive stay. But she called her students every day, helping with work and making sure they didn't miss a beat! This Reds fan sees every student as a blank canvas that, with hard work and dedication, can become a priceless work of art.
Why Rachel roots for the Reds: "The Reds have been a part of life since I was 2 years old. Their steady presence in the community and the schools proved to me that they truly value the fans. I'm a fan of the Reds because they are a fan of our community!"

Zach Kelley

White Lick Elementary
Brownsburg, Ind.

Zach Kelley is the physical-eduction teacher at White Lick Elementary in Brownsburg, Ind., home of Major Leaguers Drew Storen and Lance Lynn. He has built an amazing program called Juggling Masters, now in its 13th year. The program teaches kids to juggle everything from scarves to glow-in-the-dark clubs, but it also incorporates lots of other fitness equipment, including unicycles, stilts, fun wheels and much more. It has become immensely popular in Brownsburg. This year, more than 160 third, fourth and fifth graders were enrolled in the program, and it continues to grow. The program does a lot for the participating athlete's self-esteem. Students get the chance to perform with about 30 classmates before an Indiana Pacers game. A testament to the program's success is the number of kids who come back to the main performance. Lots of alumni make it back to watch kids, and the line to talk to Zach after the show is always a long one. Zach has a family of his own and has also coached the high school golf team, but he still makes time to continue the program and he doesn't turn anyone away who wants to participate.
Why Zach roots for the Reds: "I have always cheered for the teams that are closest to my hometown of Brownsburg. Indianapolis has a Minor League baseball team, but I enjoy cheering on the Reds as a team that is close to my home."

Jean McPherron

Provo High School
Provo, Utah

Jean McPherron is an English and history teacher who wants to make a difference in the lives of her students. She enjoys introducing students to great literature and historical events, mentoring budding novelists and advocating for first-generation high school graduates. Jean received a Master's degree in education certifying her to teach ESL, reading, and gifted and talented students. She was among the first six teachers in Utah to become National Board Certified. She has been a literacy coach, a district curriculum developer and a state assessment writer. She earned a doctorate in education, completing her dissertation on adolescent student writing. Jean is an advocate for students. One student would not have graduated without her after-school tutoring and interventions with the administration. Another student, new to the country, received emotional support and language-learning strategies that allowed him to achieve in a gifted program. Jean is an author who writes with her students, showing them that they, too, can complete a novel during the National Novel Writing Month challenge by following her example. Several students have since been published. The Reds fan reminds students to be proud of their accomplishments, quoting Pete Rose, "If you can do it, it ain't bragging."

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