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

Nayo Brooks

Katherine Delmar Burkes
San Francisco

A compassionate, generous and creative spirit, Nayo Brooks is a fourth-grade teacher and Oakland A's fan with 15 years' experience being a role model for her students. She is known for going above and beyond for her students and will certainly stick her neck out for those who need a little extra help. Through her teaching she instills confidence and a love of learning in her students that will take them far. Nayo especially excels in teaching children how to write. She encourages connections between curriculum and creative arts like writing, visual art and media, helping students to draw on personal experience and connect with the lessons. She is an absolutely outstanding role model to many and has been described as "a gem of a human being."
Why Nayo roots for the A's: "My dad, being an avid sports fan, took me to many A's games growing up, instilling in me a love and appreciation for not only the game, but also the talented players of my hometown team, the Oakland A's!"

Keith Debro

Oakland Technical High School
Oakland, Calif.

Keith Debro is a special-education teacher and Oakland A's fan who chose to stay and teach in Oakland because he believes that all kids deserve a quality education, regardless of privilege. He has inspired many in his 25 years of teaching, and has developed one of the most inclusive programs at his high school: a mentoring program that runs both during and after school at two local elementary schools. Keith believes there's no better way to provide community service than mentoring future Oakland Tech students. He attends all PTSA meetings, acting as an advocate representing his students' voices, a gesture his students and their parents greatly appreciate. One parent said of Keith, "You saved my son." He is known for giving second chances, and even parents outside his classroom have come to him seeking advice and direction. Keith has been honored by Channel 4 for making a difference in his community, being recognized for going the extra mile and for taking the time to invest in the future of his own hometown, Oakland.
Why Keith roots for the A's: "My grandmother introduced me to baseball at age four, and 10 years later, I attended the very first game ever played by the A's in Oakland -- a 4-1 loss to Baltimore. That was April 17, 1968, and I've remained a fan ever since."

Allison Pruitt

Washington Elementary School
San Jose, Calif.

Oakland A's fan Allison Pruitt has taught kindergarten, first, second and third grades for a total of 11 years, and in that time has become Washington Elementary's most accomplished teacher. Of the students she teaches every day, 95 percent are on free and reduced-price lunch plans, and 75 percent are English Language Learners. Although the school is located in a crime-ridden neighborhood, Allison teaches students that a love of learning and hard work will make all of the difference in the world. As a devout reader, she inspires children to learn, collaborate and to be leaders. Parents love Allison too, because she is always available for extra meetings and help. As a grade-level representative and a school leader for nine years, she also takes good care of her colleagues. Allison has been instrumental in raising the academic standards at a school that was once the lowest performing. Beyond her amazing work at school, Allison is also an author. For three years, she developed a philosophy program for young students and wrote a chapter implementing philosophy in elementary schools. Allison is one of those special teachers that help children take pride in doing their best.
Why Allison roots for the A's: "I may live in the South Bay now, but I am an East Bay girl at heart. I grew up in the Hayward hills and attended Mills College in Oakland. I have been an A's fan since I can remember -- as a kid, I liked that the team started with the first letter of my name!)"

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