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

Amie Adamkiewicz

Summit Academy North Middle School
Romulus, Mich.

Amie Adamkiewicz has been a teacher for the past eight years, six of which have been at her current school, Summit Academy North Middle School. She is a skilled leader, enjoys trusted student relationships and is a wonderful mentor to others in the building. She is very caring and refers to her students as her "work kids." Amie took over the National Junior Honor Society at the school, and through the organization has taken students to Washington, Philadelphia and Chicago. She also has increased the MEAP test scores for social studies to third in the state. Each Christmas, Amie "adopts" several families in need and raises money so that they're able to have gifts, food and clothing during the holiday season. She has helped more than 50 families in the past four years. This past Christmas, she raised more than $7,000 to help 15 families. Amie balances her own little family (including a 5-year-old and a 10-month-old), making sure her own kids do well in school, with her job teaching middle school-aged students. She is a wonderful mother and teacher and she works very hard at both.
Why Amie roots for the Tigers: "I love the Detroit Tigers because I fell in love with the magic and traditions they continually demonstrate, which is something that I am now getting my own children to be a part of."

Murcy Jones

Marion Law Academy School
Detroit

Murcy Jones has given birth to three children, but she has raised 10-plus and taken in multiple families over the last 20 years. She has cared for and contributed to the lives of everyone she has met. She worked for the Detroit Police Department as an identification technician for over 10 years before becoming a Detroit school teacher in 2004. She went to school in the day and worked the midnight shift to support her family. She now possesses two Master's degrees; one in adult education and as a reading specialist. Murcy tutors inner-city students in her spare time and hopes to open an educational recreation facility. Murcy is in the top 1 percent of all Detroit Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) teachers in reading last year and math this year. She has raised student test scores by 68 percent, putting her in the top three in the EAA district. Murcy created a wax museum where students learned and recited the biographies of famous black history figures, raising $800 for a class field trip. In addition, she has been honored by the EAA chancellor John Covington by coming over to Marion Law Academy to witness the student's effort. Her passion for education has inspired two of her students to enter into the teaching arena. Other good deeds include, but are not limited to, teaching free math classes to local college students and friends, and volunteering to teach Sunday school at her congregation called Sunset Church of Christ.
Why Murcy roots for the Tigers: "In one sentence, I would have to say: I love the Detroit Tigers because of their tenacity that embodies the spirit of Detroit, and just like their city -- THEY NEVER QUIT!!"

Michael Sinclair

Kalamazoo Area Math & Science
Kalamazoo, Mich.

For the last 26 years, Michael Sinclair has taught physics, calculus, geology and astronomy at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC). Michael has earned many awards: he was a 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher award recipient and the 2006 Michigan High School Science Teacher of the Year. He has been recognized 50 times with the Kalamazoo County Excellence in Education's Significant Educator Award over the past 24 years. On the first day of class, students left in tears because of how hard he promised the class would be. On the last day, they left in tears because of his amazing teaching. Through the course of one's school career, it seems there are few teachers who truly care about what they are teaching and those they're teaching it to. Michael has so much passion for his job. His energy is contagious and students learn better in his classroom than anywhere else. He sees the scope of his work and how it can affect the lives of our future leaders. Michael deserves this honor.
Why Michael roots for the Tigers: "I have always been a Detroit Tigers fan; first through my dad -- who grew up religiously following the Tigers in the 1940s -- and then on my own (especially after their stunning 1984 World Series championship)."

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