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

Garrett Lyons

Howard High School
Wilmington, Del.

A Jefferson Scholar and distinguished history major at the University of Virginia, Garrett Lyons had several job offers after graduation. But when he found he was accepted into the Teach for America program, he knew he had found the right fit. Garrett helped develop a refugee program for school children in Charlottesville, Va., and wanted to use the skills that he had acquired through this experience to close the education gap in Delaware. His first year of teaching science was an adjustment, but, with Garrett's help, students performed 30 percent better on the state's physics assessment. Not one to rest on his laurels, he was appointed to the Barclays Bank Teacher Roundtable to develop initiatives for Barclays College Access, and he joined with the Boys and Girls Club and the Forum to advance Minorities in Engineering to pilot a summer science immersion program. He was also one of 33 educators named to the Delaware Dream Team, a group of innovative teachers selected to design Common Core formative assessments for the 2014 school year. An avid Phillies fan, this year Garrett has been able to share his love of baseball as assistant coach of the junior varsity girls softball team.
Why Garrett roots for the Phillies: "My passion for the Phillies began when I practiced my kindergarten reading skills by reviewing Phillies box scores and then sharing them with my parents, friends and teachers."

Gina Rexrode

Leasure Elementary School
Bear, Del.

Nominated for the Teacher of the Year award four times in four different schools, Gina Rexrode has been recognized by colleagues and students alike as an educational difference-maker. Over her 14 years as a teacher, Gina has employed every tool at her disposal to make sure her students' learning experience is a memorable one. This includes dressing up as a 100-year-old lady, Mary Poppins, a mad scientist and a butterfly to dancing or playing basketball. She has also made her mark by establishing her school's first science fair, a composition book program that is mailed globally and returned to her students at year's end and by teaching special evening and summer classes in her district. On top of all of this, she also takes time to make sure that students who need extra attention and nurturing receive it. In short, this Phillies fan is an educational all-star.
Why Gina roots for the Phillies: "Growing up, we didn't have a choice, so I have loved the Phillies since I was old enough to know what a baseball is!"

Jabari Whitehead

Roberts Elementary
Wayne, Pa.

A 17-year educator and lifelong Phillies fan, Jabari Whitehead knows a thing or two about patience and compassion. He first earned his stripes teaching second- and fourth-grade classes in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Talbot County, Md. His next stop was as an assistant principal for grades seven and eight at Upper Merion Area Middle School in Pennsylvania. Over the years, in addition to his classroom duties, he also found the time to coach high school and middle school football and wrestling. Today, Principal Whitehead is a larger-than-life presence at Roberts Elementary. He truly takes the time to make sure that his students get the best education possible in a nurturing environment. Recently, he made local news after losing a bet with his students. After they surpassed a book-reading goal he set, Principal Whitehead followed through on his end of the bargain and kissed a pig on the mouth. It was but a minor sacrifice for a man who cares for his school.
Why Jabari roots for the Phillies: "I've always rooted for my hometown Phillies, the team outside my front door, since Schmidtty, VonHayes, Kruker, Howard, Rollins and more. Honestly, cheering for a non-Philly team is cause for exile from my family."

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