This year, Cleveland fans voted for Jacqui Spetrino of Dale R. Rice Elementary School in Mentor, Ohio, to represent the Indians in Minneapolis next Tuesday, when she and the other 29 winners will be formally commended in a special pregame ceremony at Target Field.
Spetrino, a single mother of two, has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in Mentor because of her commitment to spreading the merits of artistic expression and her advocacy for the children she teaches. She has taught her students in both traditional and new media, showing them how to create art with the help of digital tools.
"I was born and raised a Tribe fan and will always be one, because that's the Cleveland way," Spetrino said to the Indians.
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