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

Suzanne Blair

Keystone Education Center
Greenville, Pa.

A hard-working mother of three, Suzanne Blair knows full well how difficult it is to raise a child and focus on other responsibilities. Teaching health and consumer science at Keystone Charter School for the last seven years, Suzanne is a shining example of what a teacher should be. Seeing a need to reduce the dropout rate of teen mothers, Suzanne designed and implemented a teen parenting program at her school which caters to at-risk students. In addition to educating students on pregnancy prevention in her health curriculum, Suzanne offers a full-year program dedicated to educating teen mothers from pregnancy to birth. She homeschools all of her teen moms at their homes following the birth of their child and assists them in learning the necessary skills needed to care for their child. She helps students in getting to appointments, securing clothes and diapers, and even babysitting. She spends countless dollars of her personal money to assist her students when needed. She is on call 24/7 with her students, assisting them with problems and concerns at all hours of the day and night. In addition, she has successfully secured three grants over the last four years, two that were Pennsylvania grants for Teen Pregnancy and HIV prevention in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, she obtained the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant for $10,000 and used the money to construct a low ropes course that not only encouraged fitness but built teamwork and trust. She has been an active participant in her community as a past board member of the local recreation board and president for eight years of a 400-plus youth soccer program. She was recently recognized as one of the 2014 Shenango/Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year. A former student sums up Suzanne best: "She is like a mom. Every time I have a problem, she is the first person I talk to. Her opinion matters to me."
Why Suzanne roots for the Pirates: "Not only are they my hometown team, but I am absoBUCNlutely impressed by all of their philanthropic efforts aimed at improving the lives of our youth!"

Nicole Dow-Macosky

Hatboro-Horsham High School
Horsham, Pa.

Nicole Dow-Macosky is an inspiration to her students as well as her community. She has always focused on helping students, both in the classroom and out. After losing her mother to breast cancer, Nicole started Project Chemo Crochet, an initiative that received media attention and pulled an entire community together, both locally and nationally. People from 39 states crocheted and donated blankets to those suffering from cancer. A teacher for 11 years, Nicole has written multiple curricula for courses, was a year-one Classrooms for the Future teacher in 2006 and wrote successful grants for her district. This year, she was given a Champion of Learning award by her district as a top teacher. She is now leading her peers in a Hybrid Learning initiative and has been asked by industry experts to share her math instructional videos online. Nicole has also helped students and their families in "Be a part of the conversation," focusing on drug prevention and awareness. In terms of giving back to the community, this is one Pirates fan who would make Roberto Clemente proud.
Why Nicole roots for the Pirates: "I am a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates because I love their passion, intensity and rich history."

Rebecca Hauser

Franklin Regional High School
Murrysville, Pa.

On April 9, 2014, there was a mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Pittsburgh. During the commotion, third-year teacher Rebecca Hauser ran outside along with everyone else and awaited further instructions. When she heard that one of her students was among the victims, she ran back into the school. She proceeded to aid and comfort her student until the EMTs arrived. This one incident does not define who Rebecca is, but it offers some insight into what a committed and caring teacher she is. She is currently working on a Master's in science education from Saint Vincent College and has been accepted into a STEM doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh. This is one Pirates fan who is not afraid to better herself and the lives of those around her.
Why Rebecca roots for the Pirates: "The Pirates are my favorite team because I've grown up watching them, always enjoy rooting them on and can't imagine a summer without spending several days watching them at PNC Park!"

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