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

Marsha Bromley

Academic Career Center
Corpus Christi, Texas

After her divorce and her sons left home, Marsha Bromley went back to school and earned her B.S. in math. She chose to work at Academic Career Center because she wanted to help at-risk students. Marsha has helped hundreds of students accomplish something they thought impossible. Many of her students have been lost in math class for years and have been told they will never graduate. Marsha inspires them, and they know that even through the tough times, she is there to help and encourage. After 17 years, she is still there, providing everything students need to pass their end-of-course tests and finally receive a high school diploma. ACC only accepts highly at-risk students, so most of them come with baggage, such as pregnancy or children at home, chronic illness, incarcerated or deceased parents and drug and alcohol issues. Marsha provides a nurturing environment for all of these students, while still requiring the rigor in her classroom to make the students successful. Marsha took it upon herself to write a school database for record-keeping and scheduling that has become indispensible for her school to function under the new Texas guidelines. Without her hundreds of hours of work, her students and campus would be lost.
Why Marsha roots for the Astros: "Some of my favorite memories are watching the Astros with my dad, learning that once an Astros fan, always an Astros fan!"

Tamira Cole

James Madison High School
Houston

As a graduate of Austin Peay State University and Northwestern University, Tamira Cole embodies transformational teaching. She has lead six teams to high academic scores on the STAAR, End of Course, MAPS and ACT tests in preparation for leading their communities. She has served as a lead teacher, mentor, academic dean, instructional leader, advisor, technology leader and special-education dyslexia coach in five states. Tamira has implemented service learning projects where students have created newsletters, and established a literacy program with feeder schools in her district. The Astros supporter is energetic and passionate, motivating parents and teachers alike. Her impact is felt beyond the classroom as she advocates in state capitols for student equity. In 2009, Tamira was Miss Black Kentucky USA and traveled nationally to promote her platform Lights, Camera: YOUth in Action. She served as president of the board of a nonprofit for at-risk teens. Tamira has been a U.S. representative to Quebec City, QC, Canada; missionary to Nigeria and Honduras; a trained lobbyist in D.C.; she created domestic violence safety audits for children and parents in Tennessee government; lobbied for educational equality in the House and Senate; and is a commissioner for disabilities.
Why Tamira roots for the Astros: "The Houston Astros represent the fighter spirit in many of my favorite sports teams. Regardless of the challenges, the Astros continue to play hard!"

Carol Liberman

Robert M. Beren Academy
Houston

After more than 40 years, Carol Liberman is teaching her final year of middle-school English and history. She earned a Master's in education with Phi Beta Kappa honors and started her career working in the inner city, later moving between two Jewish private schools for the next forty years. Her accomplishments can only be measured by the success of her students, many of who have gone on to win national writing awards and attend Ivy League schools. She's won multiple Teacher of the Year honors, was asked to participate in a national teachers mentoring program and deserves to be nominated for sainthood for teaching middle school for so long. Carol hasn't had a storybook life and yet she never complains. When her husband had a heart attack, Carol raised two young kids on a teacher's salary. She's been a great inspiration, and for the small, tight Jewish community in Houston, her retirement will be a changing of the guard. She is a die-hard Astros fan with a picture of her son, daughter and Jose Cruz proudly displayed in her classroom. There couldn't be greater honor for her than to represent her Astros at the All-Star Game.
Why Carol roots for the Astros: "I am an Astros fan because of all of the amazing memories -- from Mike Scott's clinching no-hitter, to the great march through the playoffs in 2004 and 2005, to my kids' picture with Jose Cruz as Astro Buddies. I am also a fan because of the neverending hope that the Astros will one day bring home a World Series championship."

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