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

Joseph Alvear

Fort Hamilton High School
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Joseph Alvear was born in Ecuador and came to the United States at an early age. For the last 17 years, he has taught high school English, teaching students about similes and metaphors, with a few life lessons thrown in for good measure. He is consistently one of the highest rated teachers in the school based on student surveys, as well as being a devoted family man and member of his community. Joseph has had a profound impact on the lives of countless students and inspired many to also become teachers. Outside of the classroom, Joseph has organized holiday field trips where students delivered donated toys for young children in low income areas. And every year, he organizes a senior citizens prom and invites local seniors to attend a prom at the school's gym. Beyond being an excellent English teacher and a huge Yankees fan, his dedication to his community, his family and his students only continues to grow.
Why Joseph roots for the Yankees: "Shortly after I arrived in the United States, my grandfather, a long time Yankees fan, gave me a team hat and a Reggie Bar. I was hooked immediately!"

Monica Callenbach

Manhattan New School
New York

Kindergarten teacher Monica Callenbach was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is fluent in Spanish, French and English. She is highly trained and hardworking, just like her favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees. She instills a love of art and culture in her students every day. In addition to classroom visits from museum educators, her kindergarten students have field trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Rubin Museum and the Guggenheim Museum. Monica follows each museum visit with hands-on art activities to connect the children with what they've just learned. In her 12 years as an educator, Monica has learned many different ways to connect with students. She uses FaceTime, Skype and Twitter to collaborate with a school in Ontario, Canada, as well as with an Apache American Indian School in Arizona through a project called Kindergarten Around the World. She shares educational articles through her Tumblr blog and Twitter posts, as well as photos and videos of the students, bringing culture and education to her students every day of the week.
Why Monica roots for the Yankees: "I am a Yankees fan because I grew up watching the game with my grandmother and because of the excitement in New York when the Yankees are in the World Series, which is often!"

William Termine

PS/IS 87Q
Middle Village, N.Y.

Lifelong Yankees fan William Termine has been a member of the New York City Board of Education for 18 years. During that time, he has worked as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, health teacher, physical-education teacher and part-time dean. Pursuing his passion for fitness, in 2005, William introduced a program called CHAMPS (Cooperative Healthy Motivated Positive Students) where he acted as coach, supervisor and facilitator. It has since flourished exponentially. William is a known face in the neighborhood where he grew up and still lives. Students see him on their way to church or the grocery store and in the hallway at school. He coaches and teaches fitness classes for kids, even creating friendly neighborhood competition by organizing games of flag football, soccer, basketball, hockey, girls soccer, girls basketball and co-ed softball. Children look forward to the games and the camaraderie he creates. William has helped children lose weight, create fitness goals and make healthier choices, and he believes that sports can teach us many lessons: how to handle life's challenges, reach for the stars, never give up, and most importantly, to respect yourself and others.
Why William roots for the Yankees: "The New York Yankees organization prides itself on honor and tradition. These are qualities I respect. This is why I am a Yankees fan!"

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