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

Isagani Celzo

School of Social Justice
Huntington Park, Calif.

Extreme poverty did not keep Isagani Celzo from fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher. While working as janitor, he earned an academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics at age 20. Isagani, a National Board Certified math teacher, is an exceptional educator who cares passionately about his students and the community. He is a founding member of School of Social Justice where he currently teaches geometry and AP calculus. He is a catalyst to educational transformation in a neighborhood that struggles with poverty, drug use and crime. To bolster mathematics achievement, he analyzed student data and designed the Predictor Model, a statistical correlation which is instrumental in the school's higher CAHSEE passing rate. His students' 2013 state assessment scores ranked the Best CST Summative HS Math out of 71 LAUSD-ISIC high schools. Isagani's focus on closing the achievement gap and raising academic achievement for all of his students has had an extraordinarily positive impact on the school community. He also holds leadership roles as mentor teacher, data and intervention lead, teacher growth and development cycle lead, math PLC lead, and as an active member of the governing board.
Why Isagani roots for the Dodgers: "My students' love for baseball and my commitment to develop a connection with them encouraged me to become a Dodgers fan since I moved to Los Angeles in 2007."

Anthony Saavedra

San Pedro High School
San Pedro, Calif.

In 37 years of teaching, Tony Saavedra inspired his students to think like adults, never letting policy, low school funding or politics get in the way of his teaching. He started Doc's Rocks, a program with LAUSD, the Department of Cultural Arts and the International Documentary Association to promote project-based learning. It's been so successful, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation included him as a subject in a film about project-based curriculum. Tony produced a public health campaign to educate high school students about the risks of drinking, drugs and smoking. He's taught English literature and language skills to over 8,000 high school students, and 82 percent of them were accepted into university. One of his former students, Joe Buscaino, is currently on the L.A. City Council. Some other courses Tony has taught are world literature, creative writing, honors, ESL1-4, AP language composition and cinema studies. Travel around town with this Dodgers fan and more than 20 years later, former students stop to give him an update on their lives. He has also been a Disney Teacher of the Year finalist and the San Pedro Lady Booster Teacher of the Year for 2001.
Why Anthony roots for the Dodgers: "My very first memories as a child are of games at Dodger Stadium, and the thrill has never gone away!"

Jennifer Wilson

Rosary High School
Fullerton, Calif.

Jennifer Wilson started the American Sign Language program at Rosary High School, giving its students a third language option beside Spanish and French. The program continues to grow each year. When she was 6 years old, Jennifer, a hearing child, was placed in a class with many deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Rather than shy away, she learned the language and has carried it throughout her life. She interprets Sunday church service for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Jennifer graduated from California State University, Northridge, cum laude, with a B.A. in deaf studies in just three years. After one year of student-teaching at Burbank High School, she went on to start the program at Rosary High School. She also founded the American Sign Language club, an on-campus club run by students. Jennifer has brought awareness to deaf culture, choosing to shed positive light on a community that is often looked at with a negative stigma. As a young teacher, this Dodgers fan also gives the girls of Rosary High (an all-girls school) a younger voice to follow. The students trust Jennifer and go to her with their problems, both educational and personal.
Why Jennifer roots for the Dodgers: "I grew up minutes away from Blue Heaven on Earth, making the Dodgers my hometown team, and Dodger Stadium a place of many memories with family and friends."

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