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6/5/2014 12:02 P.M. ET

MLB, Target and Time Inc.'s 'PEOPLE' announce the 90 finalists in the "All-Star Teachers" program to honor teachers

30 winning teachers will be recognized at the pregame ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15th on FOX with one winner featured in 'PEOPLE'

Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today announced the 90 finalists in the "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Fans are encouraged to visit AllStarTeachers.com to view the full list of 90 finalists, three representing each MLB Club, and to vote on their favorite stories through June 29th

All 30 winners, one representing each MLB Club, will be announced prior to All-Star Week. Winners will be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX. One winner will be featured in PEOPLE during the week of the MLB All-Star Game.

Target presents "PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE's efforts to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended Target-hosted School Library Makeover events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds and Michael Young. Guests and fans can visit ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for regular updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.

Below is a complete list of "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" finalists. To read their amazing stories and vote, go to AllStarTeachers.com.



Finalist                                   School Location

Elizabeth Zipp                      Phoenix, AZ

Samantha Poe                     Phoenix, AZ

Teresa Durazo                     Tucson, AZ

ATLANTA BRAVES (National League)

Judy Stewart                       Acworth, GA

Kelly Ogles                          Carrollton, GA

Katherine Van Heidrich          Charlotte, NC


Brian Raska                         Woodbridge, VA

Catherine Thorson                Annapolis, MD

Thomas Arentz                    Baltimore, MD

BOSTON RED SOX (American League)

Paul Richardson                   Lexington, KY

Annette Wylie                      Worcester, MA

Shawn Ilinitch                      Barre, MA

CHICAGO CUBS (National League)

Colleen Antas                      Chicago, IL

Regina Kinasz                      Mt. Prospect, IL

Christopher Della Valle North Las Vegas, NV

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (American League)

Garret Lim                          Walnut, CA

Brenda Mendoza                  Aurora, IL

Sean Monahan           Chicago, IL

CINCINNATI REDS (National League)

Rachel Blanks                      Dayton, OH

Jean McPherron                   Provo, UT

Zach Kelley                         Brownsburg, IN


Wendi Pillars                       Siler City, NC

Jacqui Spetrino                    Mentor, OH

Michael Hayes                      Cincinnati, OH

COLORADO ROCKIES (National League)

Cheryl Beckwith                   Denver, CO

Mark Parmet                        Denver, CO

Cherese Smith                     Ozark, AZ

DETROIT TIGERS (American League)

Michael Sinclair                    Kalamazoo, MI

Murcy Jones                        Detroit, MI

Amie Adamkiewicz                Romulus, MI

HOUSTON ASTROS (American League)

Carol Liberman          Houston, TX

Tamira Cole                        Houston, TX

Marsha Bromley                   Corpus Christi, TX

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (American League)

Elizabeth Rogers                  Roseville, MN

Megan Coone                      Independence, MO

Lindi Todd                          Carthage, MO


Erika Perrine                        Apple Valley, CA

Erin Woodward                    Lake Isabella, CA

Blake Smith                         Santa Ana, CA


Jennifer Wilson                    Fullerton, CA

Isagani Celzo                       Huntington Park, CA

Anthony Saavedra                San Pedro, CA

MIAMI MARLINS (National League)

David Voytek                       Lake Worth, FL

Keri Porter                          Fort Lauderdale, FL

Claudia Perez                       Miami, FL


Samuel Huber                      Grafton, WI

Tracy Tate                          Oconto Falls, WI

Eric Vander Loop                  Appleton, WI

MINNESOTA TWINS (American League)

Mike Sommerness                Pequot Lakes, MN

Neil Johnson                       Shakopee, MN

Cindy Britain                       Minneapolis, MN

NEW YORK METS (National League)

Michael Soskil                      Newfoundland, PA

Renan Ebeid                        Brooklyn, NY

Emily Korn                          Stamford, CT

NEW YORK YANKEES (American League)

William Termine                   Middle Village, NY

Monica Callenbach                New York, NY

Joseph Alvear                      Brooklyn, NY


Keith Debro                         Oakland, CA   

Allison Pruitt                        San Jose, CA

Nayo Brooks                       San Francisco, CA


Garrett Lyons                      Wilmington, DE

Jabari Whitehead                  Wayne, PA

Gina Rexrode                       Bear, DE


Nicole Dow-Macosky             Horsham, PA

Suzanne Blair                      Greenville, PA

Rebecca Hauser                   Murrysville, PA

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (National League)

Hank Kauffman                    Ladue, MO

Dee Ann Moran                    Moore, OK

Sam Skibbe                         St. Louis, MO

SAN DIEGO PADRES (National League)

Keith Ballard                        San Diego, CA

Stephanie Hubner                 Imperial Beach, CA

Tim Gilliland                        Yuma, AZ


Kerri Baetkey                       Kentfield,CA

Tracy Ruiz                          Vacaville, CA

Robin Kunysz                      Salinas, CA

SEATTLE MARINERS (American League)

Bob Porto                           Falmouth, MA

Kevin Zelko                         Seattle, WA

Bob Bruce                           Elmira, OR

TAMPA BAY RAYS (American League)

Constance Hines                  Welsey Chapel, FL

Alison Kearney           Bonita Springs, FL

Rolf Metral                          Naples, FL

TEXAS RANGERS (American League)

Alexandra Cornejo                Brownsville, TX

Felton Dickens                     Dallas, TX

Brenda Medina           Corpus Christi, TX

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (American League)

Brian Jackson                     Airdrie, AB

Lauranne Benoit                   Winnipeg, MB

Rolland Chidiac                    Kitchener, ON


Sabrina Hayden                    Washington, DC

Jessica Valoris                     Brooklyn, NY

Chad Wright                        Nokesville, VA

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