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

Sabrina Hayden

Randle Highlands
Washington, D.C.

Washington Nationals fan and special-education teacher Sabrina Hayden is a pioneer when it comes to developing programs that help benefit children in low-income communities. Among her many initiatives, Sabrina recently wrote a grant for a program called Youth Ambassadors, which will help educate children about the harmful effects of tobacco. A single mom to a 9-year-old son and having been in education for over eight years, she fully understands the importance of providing high-quality education to students with and without disabilities. In 2007, she founded the non-profit First Impressions Enterprises which focuses on girls mentoring, health education and providing STEM opportunities to minority youth. Her latest project is establishing a Saturday school called the Hayden Academy, which is set to launch in May. She is currently seeking funding in order to make this school either cost-free or, at the very least, reasonable for parents to send their children there. On top of all of her tireless efforts on behalf of her students, Sabrina is presently pursuing her Ph.D. at Capella University.
Why Sabrina roots for the Nationals: "I take great pride in being a Washingtonian and we FINALLY have a team of our own! While growing up in the DMV, the only baseball team to cheer for was the Baltimore Orioles. No love lost, I love the game of baseball! And Washington has the best fans!"

Jessica Valoris

Brooklyn Comm Arts High School
Brooklyn, N.Y.

From a family of loyal Washington Nationals fans, Jessica Valoris is both a team player and a leader within her community. Growing up Jessica was very quiet. She began to blossom in high school through her participation in community-based arts programs and other extracurricular activities. She carried this positive momentum through high school, and later received a full scholarship to Eugene Lang College in New York. Upon her graduation, she turned her efforts toward empowering young people through arts and education. In her six years as a resource teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jessica went the extra mile to make sure students received a well-rounded education both in and out of school. She worked closely with other teachers to make sure the school curriculum was culturally relevant and got students involved with mural painting, poetry, music production and giving back to their community. She continued her work outside the classroom, facilitating creative projects at local recreation centers and with community-based organizations. Loved by her students and respected by her colleagues, when budget issues almost forced the school to eliminate her position, her fellow teachers declined pay raises so that she could stay on.
Why Jessica roots for the Nationals: "My mother is a proud DC native and was a fan of the Washington baseball team when they were called the Senators. I am a fan of the Washington Nationals because of my family."

Chad Wright

Kettle Run High School
Nokesville, Va.

It probably comes as no surprise that Chad Wright's favorite baseball team, the Nationals, plays in our nation's capital. After all, he's been teaching government for 10 years. When it comes to teaching his students, Chad likes to think outside the box. He is very focused on bringing new technology into the classroom to help his students learn. He's invited Congressional candidates to talk to his classes and also taken students to the Capitol to see Congress in action. During the 2012 presidential election, he set up a mock election at the school that drew the attention of local papers. But it's not all about government and politics in Chad's class. He actually asks each of his students to go out and complete 10 hours of service learning and community service as part of his class requirements. His passion for teaching extends to the entire world, as he challenges his students to learn as much as they can about other countries and cultures. Overall, Chad is an amazing teacher, with a great sense of humor, who can really unite a classroom and school.
Why Chad roots for the Nationals: "The Washington Nationals have brought my family and friends together through our passion for the game of baseball."

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