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The Dallas Mavericks and The UPS Store, in association with Teach For America DFW, teamed up throughout the season to present the 14th Annual Classroom Champions Program, to recognize North Texas educators for their work in the classroom.

Each month from November until March, two DFW Metroplex teachers were selected as Classroom Champion “Teachers of the Month” and recognized at home games throughout the Mavs season.

The Community Vote ran from March 15th-March 30th, where the DFW community had the chance to select (5) winning teachers to be awarded “Teachers of the Year” Each of these five (5) winning teachers were awarded $1,000.00 for themselves and $1,000.00 for their school during the Mavs vs. Trailblazers game April 3rd, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Classroom Champions “Teachers of the Month!” and the winning Classroom Champions “Teachers of the Year”!

Teacher of the Year Winners:
Jennifer Brenner – William Anderson Elementary
Susan Coran – Uplift Williams Preparatory
Jimmy Fraga – Keller Middle School
Miriam Gaytan – Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy
Isiah Manalo – Stephen C. Foster Elementary

Classroom Champions 17-18 Susan Coran

6th-8th Grade Reading Interventionist - Uplift Williams Prep

Classroom Champions 17-18 Isiah Manalo

5th Grade Science & Social Studies - Stephen C. Foster Elementary

Classroom Champions 17-18 James Fraga

Life Teacher - Keller Middle School

Classroom Champions 17-18 Erin Goff

3rd Grade Teacher - Hart Elementary

Classroom Champions 17-18 Miriam Gaytan

Leadership Cadet Corps - Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy

Classroom Champions 17-18 Jennifer Brenner

Music Teacher - William Anderson Elementary

Classroom Champions 17-18 Herb Brown

Math & Science Teacher - Cornerstone Crossroads Academy

Classroom Champions 17-18 Eric Hale

Kindergarten & 1st Grade - David G. Burnet Elementary School

Classroom Champions 17-18 Cera Byrum

6th Grade Teacher - Ed Hodges Elementaty School

Classroom Champions 17-18 Amy Duke

Math Teacher - Bishop Lynch High School

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About Teach For America
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