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

Claudia Perez

Dr. Rolando Espinosa

Claudia Perez knows that being a teacher involves much more than planning and executing a lesson with the purpose of evaluating student progress at the end of the unit. It entails serving as an educator, a nurse, a counselor, a scientist, a friend, and in many instances, the only source of stability in a child's life. To successfully produce significant learning opportunities, Claudia has found teachers must play a variety of roles inside and outside the classroom. Her ultimate goals are to inspire and influence her students, holding high standards and expectations to empower them to accomplish things they did not think they were capable of, attempting to reach all students, no matter what. Claudia received the Rookie Teacher of the Year Award in 2007, Teacher of the Year Award in 2014 and the Amazing Panther Award. Claudia also received the SPOT Success Perpetual Award from Miami-Dade County public schools. Claudia has been married for 13 years and is a mother of three. She holds a bachelor's in business administration/management information systems and a Master's in curriculum and instruction. She will continue her education to obtain a specialist in educational leadership.
Why Claudia roots for the Marlins: "As a fan of my home team, the Miami Marlins, since their inaugural season, I enjoy attending the games and now passing this tradition to my children."

Keri Porter

Wingate Oaks Center
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Keri Porter walks through the door each morning as excited to see her students as if it were her first day. Keri shares her expertise and love of visual arts with medically fragile students and students with autism. She "raises the bar" every year using new methods, technology and curricular connections. This inspires staff and students alike to join her quest to find outlets for artistic expression. Although all of her students have significant disabilities, each get to create high-quality art projects. She helps non-verbal students to express themselves. Students with virtually no mobility create by directing others through the use of technology. Whatever modifications necessary - augmentative communication, physical assistance or adapted tools - are folded into lessons. Keri promotes civic responsibility through integrated art instruction. She started recycling efforts, inspiring the entire staff. There are now 20 projects school-wide, including pet adoption bandanas made from scrap fabric, adapting crayons for students with physical handicaps, recycling old tires, mosaic stones and creating decorated rain barrels from recycled drums. This Marlins fan has received many honors, grants and awards, including Broward County Visual Arts Teacher of the Year, Wingate Oaks Teacher of the Year and BAEA Teacher of the Year for Exceptional Students.
Why Keri roots for the Marlins: "As a native of South Florida, I have always loved the game of baseball, and when the Marlins came to town, I was thrilled that they would be my hometown team!"

David Voytek

North Grade Elementary
Lake Worth, Fla.

As a youth, David Voytek volunteered with the elderly. He loved to help people and had a flair for creating art. In high school, he designed and sewed a dress for a heavyset girl. She wore his design and felt like the most beautiful girl at the prom. This became the basis for a television program. He went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City where his gold-medal-winning designs were published in Brides Magazine. He went on to teach to continue to help others. David teaches in schools for disadvantaged children. His interest in reading took him from the third-grade chair to becoming a media specialist with an impact on the wider population of children throughout the entire school district. He earned his Master's degree in education with a perfect 4.0 GPA while working a 12-hour day. David organizes the annual trip to Washington, as well as fundraising activities like car washes, a garden club and painting hall murals throughout the school. The Marlins fan has produced award-winning student videos, telecast district-wide, that have earned thousands of dollars to benefit the school.
Why David roots for the Marlins: "I support the Miami Marlins because they are my Florida home team and are role models to many of my students who can see individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds working together to be the best in MLB, as well as being ardent supporters of education through the Miami Marlins education and arts programs."

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