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Congrats to All-Star Teacher, Eric Vander Loop!

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE  announced the 30 winners (one for each MLB team) 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.

Eric Vander Loop was selected by you to represent the Milwaukee Brewers  in All-Star Week activities. He’ll be recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at  6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.

Today, we had Eric out to the ballpark, where he was recognized in a pregame ceremony.

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Eric and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Of the 30 All-Star Teachers, Eric’s story was chosen to be featured in PEOPLE Magazine. You can read it here.

Congratulations, Eric and thank you for all of the good you do in the classroom and the community! We are proud to have you represent us in Minnesota and hope to catch up with you to hear about the experience!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Milwaukee Brewers Winner Announced as Part of MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘PEOPLE’ “All-Star Teachers” Program

Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today 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. Eric Vander Loop has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.

Vander Loop and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. His parents are hardworking, inspiring, honest, and humble and that describes Eric as well. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball, and in his teaching, he educates his students to believe that they can make a difference in the world. A lifelong Brewers fan, Eric coached high school baseball for seven years. Eric started “River Studies Summer Fishing Program” 15 years ago for youth in the district, an initiative to raise funds annually to pay for student materials. Nine years later, he founded the “Unless” program after hearing that a student’s mother and another friend of the Vander Loops both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked Eric what they could do to help, and he created “Unless” from a Dr. Seuss line: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” To date, he continues to lead “Unless” and has raised $86,000.00 to date!

Vander Loop 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. MLB Legends have attended 14 Target education-focused 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, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz. Guests and fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.

 

Finalists Announced for Milwaukee Brewers as Part of MLB and ‘PEOPLE’ Magazine’s “All-Star Teachers” Campaign

Major League Baseball, Target Corp  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 Milwaukee Brewers include Samuel HuberTracy Tate and Eric Vander Loop. 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.

HuberHuber is a physical education teacher at Kennedy Elementary in Grafton, where he founded the Eco Runner movement and is a spokesman for environmentalism and personal responsibility. Huber was named UW-Green Bay’s Outstanding Alumni in 2010, and holds bachelor of arts degrees in both education and environmental policy and planning. He leads students in an annual Eco Walk and coaches Grafton High School Freshman golf and intramurals. Huber founded a district-wide geocaching program, combining science, gym and literacy. He is launching Kids Fit 52, partnering with local businesses, with a new activity each week to fit interests and abilities. With weekly goals, students are fitness ambassadors to their family and community. Individual focus on the whole-student is what makes Huber successful. As gym teacher, he sees each student in the school. Last year, when a second-grade student had behavioral issues, the gym was a place to expel energy. Huber developed a rapport with him, and the student became his “special helper,” eagerly assisting in gym. The child’s self-esteem, attention, and academics all benefited positively.

TateTate is the head of the Business Department at Oconto Falls High School in Oconto Falls. She attended UW-Stout, majored in business education and marketing, minored in business administration, and specialized in human development. She later attended UW-Madison and earned her master’s degree in educational leadership. Tate taught at Marion High School for one year before earning the job as the business education teacher at Oconto Falls High School where she has taught for nine years. As soon as Tracy began teaching at OFHS, she became the Oconto Falls Future Business Leaders of America local chapter advisor. She has had students qualify for the FBLA National Leadership Conference each of the nine years she has been there. She has also had five students serve as a Wisconsin state officer. Tate is an outstanding teacher because she does everything in her power to motivate her students.

Vander LoopVander Loop is a teacher at Woodland Elementary in Appleton. He and his wife Karen both teach at Woodland School. His parents are both hard-working, inspiring, honest, and humble, and that describes Eric, too. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball. Above and beyond the core subjects, he gives his students the mentality that they can make a difference in the world, even in the fifth grade. Vander Loop has a master’s degree in education and has been in teaching for 15 years. In addition, he has coached high school baseball for seven years. This summer he will qualify to teach other teachers to re-certify and re-energize. Vander Loop started a River Studies Summer Fishing Program 15 years ago for youth in the district, and he has raised funds every year so most of the materials are provided free of charge. The “Unless” program was started six years ago after hearing that a student’s mother and Vander Loop’s friend both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked what they could do to help. The “Unless” motto comes from Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” That led to the creation of his “Unless” efforts, which has raised $86,000 to date.

L-R: Samuel Huber, Tracy Tate, Eric Vander Loop and Tara Sonnentag (Target) Our All-Star Teacher Finalists were recognized on the field prior to the Brewers vs. Reds game on Saturday, June 14.

L-R: Samuel Huber, Tracy Tate, Eric Vander Loop and Tara Sonnentag (Target)
Our All-Star Teacher Finalists were recognized on the field prior to the Brewers vs. Reds game on Saturday, June 14.

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.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Nominate an All-Star Teacher to Represent the Brewers at the 2014 All-Star Game!

Major League Baseball, PEOPLE magazine and Target are looking for outstanding teachers!

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Building off of previous years success for “All-Stars Among Us” and “Tribute for Heroes”, Major League Baseball will be partnering with PEOPLE magazine and Target in 2014 to honor our nation’s teachers.

The joint initiative entitled “Target presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” will celebrate baseball’s commitment to education and generate excitement for the All-Star Game on FOX. The program will culminate in a celebration of thirty teachers, one to represent each Club, at Target Field with a pre-game moment during the 2014 Midsummer Classic on FOX.

Now through May 6, fans have the opportunity to nominate a teacher to represent their favorite Club on AllStarTeachers.com. MLB, PEOPLE and Target will pare each group of nominees down to three teachers per Club with fans voting online for their favorites June 5-29. Following the fan vote, 30 teachers, one representing each Club, will be selected to attend the 2014 All-Star Game. All 30 teachers will be integrated into the All-Star Week festivities and honored with a moment during the pre-game ceremony at the All-Star Game.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 

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