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

Kerri Baetkey

Bacich Elementary School
Kentfield, Calif.

Making a difference in the lives of English Language Learner students and their families, Kerri Baetkey is tenacious in supporting and advocating for their needs and allowing their voices to be heard in their community. Acknowledging that education is the key to our social issues in the world, she believes children who feel loved, believed in and appreciated can succeed as they advance as students. Each summer, she advocates for a summer-school experience for ELL children who would otherwise not have this opportunity. She also hosts ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) parent informational evenings, game nights and committees in order to help them have a voice in their school system. But this spirited Giants fan doesn't stop there. Kerri also secured grants to fund a listening library and helped create a "You're the Boss" Briefcase program, bringing the joy of writing into homes using office and writing supplies for students to explore. An optimist, a dreamer and a believer, Kerri's success comes from a place of compassion and creativity.
Why Kerri roots for the Giants: "My earliest memories include the roar of the crowd buzzing with "Let's-Go-Gi-ants." Being a San Francisco Giants fan has been a family tradition for generations!"

Robin Kunysz

Gavalin View Middle School
Salinas, Calif.

An educator for 33 years, with more than 28 at her current school, Robin Kunysz's love of teaching has not diminished one bit. She teaches a life-skills elective that covers such things as cooking, sewing, drug education, public speaking and resume writing. She also is the ASB/yearbook advisor and leads the class in its community service efforts with the charity Free the Children. She estimates that she's taught more than 21,000 students in her distinguished career, which sounds like an attendance figure for her beloved San Francisco Giants. Whether it's taking her students to Washington to experience rich history or rallying her class to buy holiday presents for the Salvation Army, Robin has impacted the lives of so many students and their families. She now is teaching the children of her former students. Some of her students have gone on to become chefs and other professions in the culinary industry. Others are just happy to tell her that they still make her twice-baked potatoes, pie dough or snickerdoodles. She's clearly made an impact. And with results like these, it's no wonder Robin still loves teaching.
Why Robin roots for the Giants: "Being part of the San Francisco Giants family has brought my personal family closer as well as my students and me, as we all share the values the team represents and demonstrate on the field and in the community."

Tracy Ruiz

Will C. Wood High School
Vacaville, Calif.

As an educator for 17 years, one thing is perfectly clear: Tracy Ruiz loves kids. She is the first teacher to arrive in the morning and the last to leave. But to truly understand Tracy is to witness what she does for others. For example, one of her students was born with a heart defect, which inspired Tracy to become a camp counselor for kids with heart disease. This strengthened her bond with her student and helped her better understand the young lady's challenges. One Christmas, Tracy chose three students with challenging home lives and gave them a Christmas they would not have had otherwise. For 12 days, she secretly gave each student a small gift -- purchased with her own money -- wrapped and delivered anonymously. It was unimportant to her that the students knew who gave the gifts, only that they knew that someone cared about them. This past year, Tracy started the Winter Wishes program. Under Tracy's leadership, students and staff came together to grant hundreds of wishes, ranging from a warm winter coat for a sibling to prom tickets to deserving seniors. From individual interactions to large-scale rallies and events, Tracy has been the driving force for a culture change at school.
Why Tracy roots for the Giants: "My love for the Giants began with Dave Dravecky, as I followed his inspirational journey, and today, there's no place I'd rather be -- school night or summer evening -- than surrounded by thousands of fans, all cheering for the best team in baseball."

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