CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball, Target Corp and PEOPLE have announced the 30 winners 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.
Jacqui Spetrino, a teacher at Dale R. Rice Elementary School in Mentor, has been selected by fans to represent the Cleveland Indians.
Jacqui is a single mother of two that struggled through college working full-time to raise her children and pay for school.
She is a strong advocate for children, and she passes her love of art to every child she teaches. In a short time, she's accomplished so much: She teaches the lessons she does with the children at school to residents of a nearby nursing home. She has her elementary school students decorate boxes for pizza night in tandem with a community pizzeria.
Jacqui leads students in creating pinwheels for Pinwheels for Peace and leads art show nights at the nearby mall. Jacqui teaches the students in traditional and new media, instructing the children about how to use digital devices in their art.
Jacqui is being nominated for Teacher of the Year in Mentor, Ohio. Jacqui has an admirable commitment to art and children. Why Jacqui roots for the Indians: "I was born and raised a Tribe fan and will always be one because that's the Cleveland way."
Jacqui Spetrino will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game -- Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.
As part of the pre-game ceremony, Tony-award winner Idina Menzel will perform the classic song "Forever Young" by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a Minnesota native.
Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.
Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX's Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside New York Yankees Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez as "All-Star Teachers" Ambassadors to support the program.
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.