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The Dallas Mavericks and The UPS Store, in association with Teach For America DFW, teamed-up to present the 13th Annual Classroom Champions Program, created to recognize North Texas educators for their work in the classroom.

Each month from September until April, two DFW Metroplex teachers were selected as Classroom Champion “Teachers of the Month” and recognized at home games throughout the Mavs season. From Wednesday, April 19th until Sunday, April 30th, MFFL’s had the opportunity to vote for five (5) Classroom Champion “Teachers of Year” out of the previously selected 16 “Teachers of the Month”.

Each of the five (5) winning teachers were awarded $1,000.00 for themselves and $1,000.00 for their school!

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Classroom Champions “Teachers of the Year!”

Classroom Champions – Justin Artis

Justin Artis - Uplift Pinnacle Preparatory

Classroom Champions – Tameika Sanchez

Tameika Sanchez - E. Ray Elementary School

Classroom Champions – Arleen Averill

Arleen Averill - Cigarroa Elementary

Classroom Champions – Shawn Blair

Shawn Blair - Harmony Science Academy Garland

Classroom Champions – Cambria Dotson

Cambria Dotson - Melissa High School

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Classroom Champions “Teachers of the Month!”

Classroom Champions – Shynise Stiff

Shynise Stiff - L.V. Stockard Middle School

Classroom Champions – Shanell Beasley-Burton

Shanell Beasley-Burton - Hodges Elementary

Classroom Champions – Yuridiana Lewis

Yuridiana Lewis - Cary Middle School

Classroom Champions – Marisol Herrera

Marisol Herrera - Huerta Elementary

Classroom Champions – Claire Price

Claire Price - Stevens Park Elementary

Classroom Champions – Ruth Ortiz

Ruth Ortiz - Stevens Park Elementary

Classroom Champions – Sydney Couch

Sydney Couch - Brooks Wester Middle School

Classroom Champions – Danielle McCray

Danielle McCray - Bowie High School

Classroom Champions – Christine Barrantes

Christine Barrantes - Mendenhall Elemtary

Classroom Champions – Jermecka Miller

Jermecka Miller - Harmony Science Academy

Classroom Champions – Jonathan Vallejo

Jonathan Vallejo - Harmony School of Innovation

Be sure to check back in August 2017 for the 2017-2018 Mavs Classroom Champion nomination form!

About The UPS Store
The UPS Store locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS. With more than 80 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, The UPS Store is the largest network of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. For additional information, please visit

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, more than 53,000 Teach For America corps members and alumni are leading within schools, school systems, and every sector and field that shapes them. Among them are 19,000 teachers, including nearly 7,000 first and second year corps members in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.