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

Michael Hayes

Moeller High School
Cincinnati

Michael Hayes is a baseball fanatic! He not only teaches high school English to all 10th-grade students with disabilities, but he also coaches one of the top baseball programs in the country. He lives and breathes education, whether it happens in the classroom or on baseball diamond. Michael began teaching in the inner city to underprivileged eighth graders. He then took an opportunity to teach and coach at Moeller High School (home to alumni such as Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr. and Buddy Bell). There, he coached the team to back-to-back state titles. Michael has helped many young men earn college scholarships, both academic and athletic. He's served as a leader on various service trips, helping young students give back to their community while also gaining perspective on life. He has helped students restore run-down parts of Cincinnati, work at homeless shelters and give underprivileged youths a special Christmas as part of the school's Christmas-on-Campus initiative. Michael has earned multiple awards from his school and community for his dedication to service and commitment in terms of bettering the city of Cincinnati.
Why Michael roots for the Indians: "Born and raised in Cleveland, being a Tribe fan is all I've ever known, as I still have bricks from old Municipal Stadium and cherished memories of the dominant '90s teams at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario! #ROLLTRIBE!!!"

Wendi Pillars

Virginia Cross Elementary School
Siler City, N.C.

Wendi Pillars, ("Ms. Wendi"), a teacher for 17 years, has taught children in the Czech Republic, England, Nepal and the United States; she was also an instructor in the U.S. Army. Today, she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at Virginia Cross Elementary. Wendi has written articles about educational neuroscience and best practices, which have been published in newspapers, journals and educational blogs. She is currently writing her first educational book. She leads webinars on teacher leadership and global classroom practices, presents at conferences and is a visual notetaker for other conference speakers. She was recently honored as Teacher of the Week by a local TV station. Wendi created a student service group that raised funds for a school in Nepal. Last school year, she spent time in Nepal, simultaneously developing leadership skills in its low socioeconomic student base and sharing instructional practices. Wendi is the lead ESL teacher at Virginia Cross Elementary, serving as a liaison between teachers and its central office staff. She has led the student spelling bee for the last few years, is deeply involved in global education -- her kids call her the "World Traveler" -- and she serves on the lighthouse team, which teaches kids about the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Finally, this Indians fan has coached her son's Little League team!
Why Wendi roots for the Indians: "Thanks to summertime games at Municipal Stadium or on TV at home in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, I've been a lifelong Indians fan (even my son's only live MLB game has been in Cleveland). I've taught quite a few folks in faraway places about the "only real MLB team," and no matter where I've lived, like my dad, I've always held out hope for the Tribe's next World Series win."

Jacqui Spetrino

Rice Elementary School
Mentor, Ohio

Jacqui is a single mother of two that struggled through college working full time to raise her children and pay for school. She is a strong advocate for children, and she passes her love of art to every child she teaches. In a short time, she's accomplished so much: She teaches the lessons she does with the children at school to residents of a nearby nursing home. She has her elementary school students decorate boxes for pizza night in tandem with a community pizzeria. Jacqui leads students in creating pinwheels for Pinwheels for Peace and leads art show nights at the nearby mall. Jacqui teaches the students in traditional and new media, instructing the children about how to use digital devices in their art. Jacqui is being nominated for Teacher of the Year in Mentor, Ohio. Jacqui has an admirable commitment to art and children.
Why Jacqui roots for the Indians: "I was born and raised a Tribe fan and will always be one because that's the Cleveland way."

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