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

Megan Coone

William Southern Elementary School
Independence, Mo.

Megan Coone started her teaching career in the early 2000s at Thomas Hart Benton Elementary, a low-income school where she taught kindergarten and touched many children's lives. Megan is active in the district, participating in programs such as the Sunshine Committee, which collects gifts and flowers for families and staff who may be experiencing difficult times, and the social studies committee, which seeks new and fun ways to help kids learn. She's done all of this while working toward her Master's degree in education. Some of her students live in shelters and face other hardships. In 2012, a child in her class had just moved from a local shelter into an apartment. The family had very little, so Megan and her husband donated a children's bedroom set to them. Megan has received district awards for her classroom accomplishments since she began teaching. She has many talents, but what comes to mind first is love! She is someone who has such a love and passion for kids and learning.
Why Megan roots for the Royals: "I am a fan of the Kansas City Royals because I grew up watching them and still do every chance I get."

Elizabeth Rogers

Northern Voices School
Roseville, Minn.

As a high schooler in Kansas City, Mo., Elizabeth Rogers was required to fulfill a service project. She did so at St. Joseph's Institute for the Deaf, and in the process discovered a passion and chose a career path. After earning a Master's degree, she accepted a position at Northern Voices in Roseville, Minn., where she teaches students with hearing aids and cochlear implants how to listen and talk without sign language. She was selected to lead an initiative at Northern Voices, in collaboration with the St. Louis-based Moog Center for Deaf Education, that expands access to high-quality spoken language instruction via tele-intervention with the goal of helping children with hearing loss listen and talk. Elizabeth has in a very short time become an all-star at Northern Voices. When students get down or are having a tough day, Elizabeth lets them know how special they are. Recently, Elizabeth has started working with families who have learned their baby has hearing loss. She counsels families who are grieving about the diagnosis and helps them though the next steps. Elizabeth embodies what MLB All-Stars do, showing excellence on the field, in the classroom and leading their peers!
Why Elizabeth roots for the Royals: "Since moving to Kansas City in 2000 and putting on my first Royals shirt, I was hooked on the atmosphere, players and the love of the game that the team and the fans bring to the K."

Lindi Todd

Carthage Junior High School
Carthage, Mo.

Lindi Todd teaches English to both English and Spanish speakers at Carthage Junior High. As a first-year teacher, this Royals fan helped implement plans and programs to help Spanish-speaking students learn English by assisting them with all of their courses, not just English. When Lindi started at Carthage, the department had no real direction. Now, she has seen the English-speaking skills of countless students from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador improve. Her principal and assistant principal depended on her to establish the benchmarks now being used for the ESL program at the junior high, middle and high schools. She has been acting as the unofficial department head/leader but is paid nothing beyond her base salary. Lindi volunteers as the drama club director and keeps records and score books at all of the school's volleyball and basketball games. Lindi has developed relationships with her students, their parents and her co-workers. Her students bring her gifts; their parents visit with her often as they work with her to create better lives for their children. Lindi has had the opportunity to move to other larger school districts but has chosen to remain in Carthage because she loves her students and the school.
Why Lindi roots for the Royals: "My mom was raised in Kansas City cheering for the Royals and brought my dad into the fold when they met. Therefore, I was born and nurtured into a lifelong love for Royals baseball!"

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