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

Samuel Huber

Kennedy Elementary
Grafton, Wis.

Samuel Huber has taught physical education for nine years. His motto is, "walk what you talk." He founded the Eco Runner movement and is a spokesman for environmentalism and personal responsibility. He's been featured in publications including Runner's World, Fitness, Smucker's Naturally Powered By You and Newton Running's Hello Better campaign. He was UW-Green Bay's Outstanding Alumni in 2010 and holds B.A.'s in both education and environmental policy and planning. The Brewers fan leads students in an annual Eco Walk and coaches Grafton HS freshman golf and intramurals. He founded a district-wide geocaching program, combining science, gym and literacy. He is launching Kids Fit 52, partnering with local businesses, with a new activity each week to fit interests and abilities. With weekly goals, students are fitness ambassadors to their family and community. Individual focus on the whole student is what makes Mr. Huber successful. As gym teacher, Samuel sees each student in the school. Last year, when a second grader had behavioral issues, the gym was a place to expel energy. Mr. Huber developed a rapport with him, and the student became his "special helper," eagerly assisting in gym. The child's self-esteem, attention and academics all benefited positively.
Why Samuel roots for the Brewers: "I am a Brewers fan because of the defining characteristics that set them apart -- the voice of Uecker, racing sausages, Hank the dog, Miller Park, Bernie Brewer and a fan base with team and community spirit that just won't quit!"

Tracy Tate

Oconto Falls High School
Oconto Falls, Wis.

Tracy Tate attended UW-Stout, majored in business education and marketing, minored in business administration and specialized in human development. She later attended UW-Madison and earned her Master’s in educational leadership. She taught at Marion High School for one year before earning the job as the business education teacher at Oconto Falls High School where she has stayed for nine years. As soon as Tracy began teaching at OFHS, she became the Oconto Falls Future Business Leaders of America local chapter advisor. She has had students qualify for the FBLA National Leadership Conference for the last seven years and has also had three students serve as a Wisconsin state officer for a total of five years. Tracy is currently the head of the business department at OFHS. She is an outstanding teacher because she does everything in her power to motivate her students. While many teachers might give free days and don't care if their students are off task, this Brewers fan never gives a free day since she wants each of her students to excel in their high school and after high school careers. She focuses on things outside the classroom by teaching skills that will last them a lifetime.
Why Tracy roots for the Brewers: "I'm a Brewers fan because I absolutely love going to the games for the atmosphere, the fans and the Miller Park experience, but most of all ... Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez are AWESOME!"

Eric Vander Loop

Woodland Elementary
Appleton, Wis.

Eric Vander Loop and his wife Karen both teach at Woodland School. His parents are both hard-working, inspiring, honest and humble, and that describes Eric, too. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball. Above and beyond the core subjects, he gives his students the mentality that they can make a difference in the world, even in the fifth grade. Eric has a Master's in education and has been in teaching for 15 years. A Brewers fan, he has coached high school baseball for seven years. This summer, he will qualify to teach other teachers to re-certify and re-energize. Mr. VL started a River Studies Summer Fishing Program 15 years ago for youth in the district. He has raised funds every year so most of the materials are provided free of charge. The Unless program was started six years ago after hearing that a student's mother and Mr. VL's friend both had stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked Mr. VL what they could do to help. The Unless motto comes from Dr. Suess: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Mr VL still leads "Unless" and has raised $86,000 to date!
Why Eric roots for the Brewers: "I am a Brewers fan because I was fortunate enough to grow up watching and listening to the magical Milwaukee teams of the 1980s. My dad and I would spend our summer days listening to Bob Uecker while we fished on Lake Winnebago. It is cool that my 5- and 8-year-old boys now do the same thing with me!"

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