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

Alexandra Cornejo

Lucio Middle School
Brownsville, Texas

Alexandra Cornejo spent four years at an elementary school in an impoverished area working with many at-risk students. Thanks to her dedication and commitment, her students in the first year earned above 90 percent passing rate. Alexandra was committed to helping her students after school, during planning time and even held Saturday tutorials for reading enrichment. She currently teaches sixth-grade reading in a low-income area with a large concentration of bilingual students. She is known for her calm and respectful manner, and her patience has earned the students' respect and adoration. After school, this Texas Rangers fan takes part in the 21st century program, which provides academic enrichment for students who attend low-performing schools in high-poverty areas. She engages students in activities for reading fluency and comprehension, often integrating computers and technology. She enjoys participating in after-school programs because she knows the dangers that lie outside the gates of her school, and this is an activity that keeps the children safe, occupied and inspired to be college bound.
Why Alexandra roots for the Rangers: "With my father being a huge fan of the Texas Rangers, I remember sitting on his lap cheering on Nolan Ryan as he threw his notorious fastballs. One memorable occasion is when our jaws dropped in 1993, as Robin Ventura rushed the mound and Nolan Ryan taught him to mind his elders, Texas style. My father passed in 2003; he would have been thrilled about the Rangers' making it to the World Series."

Felton Dickens

George Peabody Elementary
Dallas

Over the course of his 26-plus years as an educator, Felton Dickens has touched countless lives teaching elementary through high school. He has served as a headmaster at a private school, principal, vice principal and academic coordinator, where he worked with at-risk bilingual kids to keep them from falling behind. Going above and beyond is routine for Felton. He will often work a full day in a low-income Dallas school, then go to work at night to help at-risk kids through a private program that gives them access to computer labs and museums. Those who have served with him have only respect. Turning 70 this year, Felton is a proud Texas Rangers fan, and lives just blocks from Globe Life Park Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Recently, he teamed up with Target and the NFL to bring a library to a poor community in Dallas. This year, he was presented the Doing What Needs to be Done Award for his work providing more than 8,000 meals to low-income families. Felton was also asked to present at the Texas State Teachers Association in Austin, Texas, on inspiring readers and presented at the National Private School Conference in New Orleans on fundraising Practices. More than likely, he will retire soon, but he will never be far from helping those in need, and will always serve as an inspiration to others.
Why Felton roots for the Rangers: "The Texas Rangers have brought my family together in many ways, such as my son's becoming engaged at the ballpark and all the glitz the Rangers offered for the occasion."

Brenda Medina

Oak Park Elementary
Corpus Christi, Texas

Brenda Medina is a fourth-grade bilingual teacher and Texas Rangers fan. She embodies the true definition of what a teacher should be, often staying late and working through lunch. At one time, she struggled with the very same issue many of her fourth-grade students have: growing up in a Spanish-speaking home and learning English as a second language. Her students connect and relate to her, and she takes time to help their parents to translate school documents or even help with things like completing job applications. Brenda's students know her for being a positive, upbeat person, and she takes in stride the demands put on her as a teacher and a leader. Every year, she gets a new group of students, and every year they love her and want to do their best for her. She truly brings out the best in her students and her colleagues, and is an inspiration to many.
Why Brenda roots for the Rangers: "I am a fan of the Texas Rangers because that was a team our family grew up watching, but I became more of a fan when one of our very own, Nolan Ryan, joined the Texas Rangers in 1989."

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