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.

MFFLs had the chance to vote for five Classroom Champion “Teachers of Year” and the winning teachers were awarded $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school.

Over 63,000 votes were counted and the winners were announced this week via social media:
Justin Artis, Uplift Pinnacle Preparatory
Tameika Sanchez, E. Ray Elementary School
Arleen Averill, Cigarroa Elementary School
Shawn Blair, Harmony Science Academy Garland
Cambria Dotson, Melissa High School

For more information on the 13th Annual Classroom Champions Program and to watch videos for the 16 Classroom Champions, visit:

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

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.

The Dallas Mavericks strive to be champions on the court and in the community. We are dedicated to building a stronger community through educational programs, health and wellness initiatives, environmental efforts, support for military veterans, and grants to nonprofit organizations. Through our community programs and the Mavs Foundation, we are changing lives in North Texas and have impacted thousands of children, families and communities. Learn more at @MavsOffCourt

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