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 Tigers include Michael Sinclair from Kalamazoo, Murcy Jones of Detroit and Amie Adamkiewicz of Romulus. 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. The three Tigers finalists are:
· Michael Sinclair: For the last 26 years Michael Sinclair has taught Physics, Calculus, Geology, and Astronomy at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC). Mr. Sinclair has earned many awards: he was a 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher award recipient and the 2006 Michigan High School Science Teacher of the Year. He has been recognized 50 times with the Kalamazoo County Excellence in Education's "Significant Educator Award" over the past 24 years.
· Murcy Jones: Murcy Jones has given birth to three children, but she has raised over ten and taken in multiple families over the last 20 years. She has cared for and contributed to the lives of everyone she has met. She worked for the Detroit Police Department as an Identification Technician for over 10 years before becoming a Detroit school teacher in 2004. She went to school in the day and worked the midnight shift to support her family. She now possesses two Master's; one in Adult Education and as a Reading Specialist. Murcy tutors inner city students in her spare time and hopes to open an educational recreation facility. Murcy is in the top 1% of all Detroit Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) teachers in reading last year and math this year.
· Amie Adamkiewicz: Amie has been a teacher for the past 8 years, 6 of which have been at her current school, Summit Academy North Middle School. She is a skilled leader, enjoys trusted student relationships, and is a wonderful mentor to others in the building. She is very caring, and refers to her students as her "work kids." Amie took over the National Junior Honor Society at the school, and through the organization has taken students to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago. She also has increased the MEAP test scores for Social Studies to third in the State. Each Christmas, Amie "adopts" several families in need and raises money so that they're able to have gifts, food, and clothing during the holiday season. She has helped more than 50 families in the past 4 year- this past Christmas, she raised more than $7,000 to help 15 families.
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.