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

Cheryl Beckwith

Bill Roberts
Denver

Cheryl Beckwith is the kind of teacher you hope your child has at least once. After more than 40 years teaching, you could say she has inspired an entire generation. Cheryl makes learning joyful. She saw a need for history books written at an elementary-school level, so she wrote a short biography of a historical Colorado figure, geared to the interests and reading level of her third- and fourth-grade students. In 2010, The Today Show hosted a contest for elementary school classes to win a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As part of it, students chose to do a service project. To support a classmate recovering from cancer, the class baked dog biscuits which were sold to raise money for service dogs for other kids with cancer. The class won, and Cheryl deserves a lot of the credit. She is known for her wacky wardrobe, with an outfit for every occasion. She wears scuba gear to "dive into learning." She dresses like an old-fashioned schoolmarm when teaching history. This Rockies fan's students understand that she puts a lot of effort into their education and that they should put the same effort into it.
Why Cheryl roots for the Rockies: "I am a native Coloradoan who grew up watching the Denver Bears and then fell in love with our own Colorado Rockies who stand a mile above the rest. Go ROCKIES!!!"

Mark Parmet

Denver Jewish Day School
Denver

Mark Parmet has taught science, English and literature, but his true passion is math. He's most proud to hear, "Mr. P, I used to hate math before I had you; now it's my favorite subject. You make it fun and exciting." Mark worked in sales and as an IT recruiter before becoming a paraprofessional, assisting students with learning difficulties. After a year, he knew he wanted to teach for the rest of his life. Mark inspires trust and confidence in students, interested in helping both the most talented and the less able to achieve their potential. After a year as a math teacher, he was promoted to head of the math department, developing and implementing the middle school curriculum that turned around the struggling math program. Helping kids to realize their potential is such a passion of his, he plans to open a charter school for kids with learning disabilities. As the Rockies fan has said, "I made incredibly good money before, but I found that something was missing in my life. My years of being in the classroom have been the most rewarding." When asked to submit his picture, he sent one with the whole class.
Why Mark roots for the Rockies: "I moved to Colorado 15 years ago, and I've always lived within 10 minutes of Coors Field. Whether watching at the stadium or on my deck, the Rockies have become a summer tradition. By far my favorite Colorado sports team!"

Cherese Smith

Ozark Junior High School
Ozark, Ark.

Cherese Smith grew up in rural Arkansas. She was the first of her family to attend college. Despite all of the obstacles, Cherese worked her way through school, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree from the University of Arkansas. Cherese could have taught anywhere, but she chose to come back to where she had grown up. Cherese has won over $40,000 worth of grants for her school and class. Today, her classroom is a model 21st century classroom, filled with technology. She has attended a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks seminar and was chosen for a Monticello-Stratford History fellowship and a Horace Mann Lincoln fellowship. In 2014, she was chosen as the Arkansas history teacher of the year. In Ozark, 60 percent of the school population receives free or reduced-cost lunch. This Rockies fan serves as a living example for her students and adults in her community that if you work hard, you can succeed at anything. Attend any school event and you'll hear her name called out, followed by hugs and lengthy conversations. "Mrs. Smith" is always talking about her next lessons and the ways that she can make her teaching better.
Why Cherese roots for the Rockies: "I am a Colorado Rockies fan because every time my young son sits in those purple seats, I know previous generations in my family are smiling!"

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