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

Lauranne Benoit

Andrew Mynarski School
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Lauranne Benoit is a guidance counselor and Toronto Blue Jays fan with eight years' experience and a lifetime of positivity. She has overcome her own battles with skin cancer, fighting hard and barely missing a day, knowing just how much her students depend on her. Knowing that she will be there for them regardless of the outcome gives her students the confidence to take risks each day in their learning. Lauranne sees countless students each day with a variety of problems, from eating disorders and loss of a family member to just learning to take life one day at a time. Her ability to reach her students and encourage them to remain in school is a testament to her abilities to instill trust and honesty. Lauranne is more than a guidance counselor to her students. She is a source of advice and comfort at a time when many things are changing and confusing, and the joy she brings to her job each day can be felt in every student she reaches.
Why Lauranne roots for the Blue Jays: "The Blue Jays are my favourite team because it was the first baseball game that my parents ever took me to at Exhibition Stadium. Also, the fact that they are the only Canadian team solidifies why they continue to be my favourite team."

Rolland Chidiac

St. Anne
Kitchener, ON, Canada

As a second-generation Canadian, Rolland grew up learning English as a second language and struggling at school. Those academic challenges inspired him to set goals and persist to reach them. It also helped him develop standards of care, trust, respect and integrity. When one of Rolland's students started the school year depressed, troubled and uninterested in school, the care, compassion and trust he showed made all the difference. Rolland worked very hard to connect with the student to ensure that he was learning and excelling in all aspects of school life. Rolland collaborates with his colleagues to help build and maintain a positive school climate. He has worked for anti-bullying efforts and is part of exciting transformation in the school system in the area of 21st-century teaching and learning. With his knowledge and experience integrating technology into the classroom, he is a role model for other teachers. Rolland has received best practice awards from his teachers association, a school Staff Recognition award, a Teacher of Excellence award and a Schools of Excellence award, which provided iPads for students with autism. He is a team leader of the Ministry of Education's Teacher Learning and Leadership program, which provided funding to help him meet the needs of all his students with the use of technology.
Why Rolland roots for the Blue Jays: "I am a Toronto Blue Jays fan because they are true North, strong and free. They are Canada's team!"

Brian Jackson

Ralph McCall School
Airdrie, AB, Canada

With 23 years in education, Brian Jackson has taught everything from physical education to history to his favorite subject, science. For 14 years, he taught at a small-town school, wearing many hats: classroom teacher, acting assistant principal and serving as a community of practice lead teacher for the school district. Passing on his passion for science to his students, he brings excitement to the classroom by connecting the classrooms to astronauts on the International Space Station. He also brings in guest speakers from politics, science programs and sports teams, like his favorite, the Toronto Blue Jays, to make learning real. He has twice received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. He also received the Space Educator of the Year Award from Space Centre A, and was awarded a $10,000 Innovative Technology Grant to purchase iPads and Macbooks for his classroom. He won the Right Stuff Award from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and sent a student to space camp. He was the first international teacher to win the AIAA Educator of the Year. He's inspired so many to explore science and teaches all his students to reach for the stars and beyond.
Why Brian roots for the Blue Jays: "I am a fan because I am Canadian and this is Canada's team. I grew up watching the Jays and my sports heroes were Jays -- I jumped with Joe Carter and got tense with every Dave Stieb pitch. I have always been, and will always be, a Blue Jays fan!"

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