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. The three finalists for the Cleveland Indians include Wendi Pillars, Jacqui Spetrino, and Michael Hayes. Fans are encouraged to visit AllStarTeachers.com to vote on their favorite stories through June 29th.
One winner from each of the 30 MLB Clubs will be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX. An "All-Star Teacher" winner will be featured in 'PEOPLE' during the week of the MLB All-Star Game.
Jacqui Spetrino of Mentor is a single mother of two that struggled through college working full time to raise her children and pay for school. She is a strong advocate for children, and she passes her love of art to every child she teaches. In a short time, she's accomplished so much: She teaches the lessons she does with the children at school to residents of a nearby nursing home. She has her elementary school students decorate boxes for pizza night in tandem with a community pizzeria. Jacqui leads students in creating pinwheels for Pinwheels for Peace and leads art show nights at the nearby mall. Jacqui teaches the students in traditional and new media, instructing the children about how to use digital devices in their art. Jacqui is being nominated for Teacher of the Year in Mentor, Ohio. Jacqui has an admirable commitment to art and children.
Wendi Pillars, ("Ms. Wendi"), a teacher for 17 years, has taught children in the Czech Republic, England, Nepal and the United States; she was also an instructor in the U.S. Army.
Michael Hayes teaches high school English to all 10th-grade students with disabilities, but he also coaches one of the top baseball programs in the country. He lives and breathes education, whether it happens in the classroom or on baseball diamond.
Target presents "PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE's effort 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.
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