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

Cindy Britain

Ronald McDonald House

After graduating from Union College with a bachelor's in education, Cindy Britain's career brought her to the Twin Cities, where she resides with her husband and two daughters. She has spent the last 16 years at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, the only one with an accredited school. Families come from all over the world so that their children can receive treatment for illnesses that are sometimes terminal. Those kids often have siblings who need to stay in school. Cindy's caring teaching style benefits the children and their families who stay at the house. Her special gift is connecting with each student and her compassion shines in each relationship. Thanks to teachers like Cindy, it's comforting for those families to know their well children are in a safe, loving, compassionate school.
Why Cindy roots for the Twins: "I grew up with the Minnesota Twins. My favorite memories with my dad are going to the Twins games and watching Harmon Killebrew hit his famous home runs."

Neil Johnson

Shakopee High School
Shakopee, Minn.

With nearly four decades of teaching experience, high school calculus teacher and Minnesota Twins fan Neil Johnson is devoted to both math and sports. In fact, he continues to hold the title of Shakopee's only softball coach and has coached softball longer than any other coach in the state. He has also served as the math department chairman for 20 years, and in 2008, he started a pilot program that allowed calculus students to receive college credit from the University of Minnesota. Beyond the classroom, Neil was instrumental in building a softball complex, organizing community groups to help build fields, press boxes, dugouts and bleachers. He also created both the Shakopee Girls Basketball Association and Girls Softball Association. On and off the field, this teacher supports his students as well as his coworkers, often acting as a mentor to new math teachers. That's why it's no wonder that his students describe him as "the best math teacher I have ever had."
Why Neil roots for the Twins: "I have been a Twins fan since they came to Minnesota in the early '60s, when I would listen to them on the radio."

Mike Sommerness

Pequot Lakes High School
Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Mike Sommerness is a great inspiration to his students. The band and music teacher often takes time out of his day for students. He encourages them to do bigger and better things, but with a piece of advice: make sure you love it. When Mike came to Pequot Lakes High School, the band had been through three teachers in four years. Mike has now been there for 10 years and is a favorite teacher. He organizes band trips every four years, guaranteeing students a chance to experience the wider world of music. He works with the VFW and other organizations to get opportunities for the band to share their music with their neighbors. This 2013 local Teacher of the Year award winner is so beloved by his students that they've given him gifts, like autographed Chuck Taylors and a Major League gift card to help him get to Twins games. Mike's dedication to his students and creative teaching techniques make music fun and accessible. He makes it cool to be in band!
Why Mike roots for the Twins: "I love the Twins because they are a scrappy team that keeps on comin'!"

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