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

Renan Ebeid

Abraham Lincoln High School
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Renan Ebeid has a degree in physical education, specializing in sports medicine. She has two Master's degrees, one in education and one in administration. She was raised to always remember to give back to her community, and she does. She raised more than $7 million for the school to upgrade facilities. She designed a new fitness center to encourage students to live a healthier lifestyle. She created an academic program to help students meet scholarship criteria and classes to help guide students to careers after graduation. Renan is the life of Lincoln. She is like the students' mom away from home. They admire her and are always looking to her for advice. She always makes sure they have breakfast and reminds them of the importance of eating healthy. Renan has received a number of proclamations for her work at Lincoln from the borough president, local councilman and senator. She received the Educator of the Week award from the teacher's union. This Mets fan was recognized in the local newspaper as one of the top 40 successful women under the age of 40. She was named the Most Influential Staff Member of the Year by the Lincoln students and community.
Why Renan roots for the Mets: "I am a Mets fan because I grew up watching the Mets with my dad. He was a huge Mets fan. He was at the 1969 World Series, and we watched the 1986 World Series together!"

Emily Korn

Cloonan Middle School
Stamford, Conn.

When Emily Korn graduated college, she wanted to teach English, but there were no positions open. She started as a substitute and took the first position available - as a science teacher. Everyone knew her as a very creative and imaginative person, but she found she also had the analytical mindset needed to teach science and fell in love with the subject. Emily has a fellowship from the National Science Teachers Association. She has presented at the NSTA STEM Expo. She attended a space conference at Kennedy Space Center through the GE foundation and also presented at the College for Every Student. She is currently a finalist for Teacher of the Year in Stamford, Conn., and will be presenting at the NSTA STEM EXPO 2014. Emily was responsible for West Point sending Lego robotics engineers to her classroom to engage 21 students interested in engineering. Emily also arranged for astronaut Barbara Morgan to participate in a Skype interview to discuss opportunities at NASA and in space with her sixth-grade class. She is currently receiving her second Master's in special education and English. Her focus is literacy, learning to get students excited about reading.
Why Emily roots for the Mets: "I am a Mets fan because of my wonderful father and brothers."

Michael Soskil

Wallenpaupack South Elementary
Newfoundland, Pa.

Michael Soskil encourages students to develop skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century. Students learn to solve real problems in the community. Also, he facilitates global collaboration opportunities with students from around the world, bringing in experts to talk via Skype and setting up opportunities for teachers to learn from each other via social media. Michael has won the Presidential Award for Excellence in math and science teaching and was named a Keystone Technology Integrator by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He has been selected to present at regional- and state-level conferences on problem-based learning, global collaboration, mathematics teaching and utilizing educational technology. Michael mentored a student-led public service campaign to increase donations to the local food pantry. On another occasion, his math students designed a 100-foot peace sign on the school's front lawn to advocate for peace in the community. Michael is co-host and co-founder of the weekly EdTech Chat 'n Chew podcast. He has served as adviser for low-achieving schools as a math curriculum expert. And this Mets fan has modeled exceptional sportsmanship. In 10 years as girl's varsity soccer head coach, he never received a single yellow or red card.
Why Michael roots for the Mets: "My lifelong love of the Mets was passed to me by my parents. Whether it was watching Game 1 of the 1986 World Series from the old subway platform outside of Shea Stadium, celebrating Darryl Strawberry's Rookie of the Year Award on Strawberry Sundae Day, or traveling to Spring Training in St. Petersburg with my father for my 10th birthday, many of my happiest memories growing up took place wearing a New York Mets shirt. I now strive to pass that passion to my own children with regular trips to Citi Field every summer."

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