6/5/2014 12:45 P.M. ET
Finalists announced for Royals as part of MLB, Target and Time Inc.'s 'PEOPLE' "All-Star Teachers" program to honor teachers
Vote now to honor a teacher at AllStarTeachers.com through June 29th; Royals winner to be recognized at the pregame ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15th on FOX
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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 Kansas City Royals include Elizabeth Rogers, Megan Coone and Lindi Todd. 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.
Elizabeth Rogers is a native Kansas Citian now teaching hearing impaired students at Northern Voices in Roseville, Minn. She teaches students with hearing aids and cochlear implants how to listen and talk without sign language and was selected to lead an initiative at Northern Voices, in collaboration with the St. Louis-based Moog Center for Deaf Education, that expands access to high-quality spoken language instruction via tele-intervention with the goal of helping children with hearing loss listen and talk. Elizabeth also recently started counseling families who have learned their baby has a hearing loss as they work through their grief and work through the next steps of the diagnosis.
Megan Coone started her teaching career in the early 2000s at Thomas Hart Benton Elementary in Independence, Mo., a low-income school where she teaches kindergarten. Coone is active in the district, participating in programs such as the Sunshine Committee, which collects gifts and flowers for families and staff who may be experiencing difficult times, and the Social Studies Committee, which seeks new and fun ways to help kids learn. She has received district awards for her classroom accomplishments but is also known for the love and support she shows her students, many of whom live in shelters and face other hardships, outside of the classroom.
Lindi Todd teaches English to both English and Spanish speakers at Carthage (Mo.) Junior High. As a first-year teacher, this Royals fan helped implement a program to help Spanish-speaking students learn English by helping them with all of their courses and established the benchmarks now being used for the ESL program at the junior high and high schools. She has been acting as the unofficial department head, as well as volunteering for a variety of extracurricular activities at the school, despite being paid nothing beyond her base salary. Todd has seen the English-speaking skills of countless students from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador improve, as she has developed relationships with her students, their parents and her co-workers. Todd has passed up the opportunity to move to larger school districts because she loves her students and her school in Carthage.
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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