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6/5/2014 4:19 P.M. ET

Phillies Three "All-Star Teachers" Finalists from Delaware Valley Announced

Vote Now to Honor a Teacher at AllStarTeachers.com through June 29! Winner to be recognized at 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15 on FOX

Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) 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 Phillies finalists include: Garrett Lyons of Wilmington, DE; Gina Rexrode of Dover, DE; and Jabari Whitehead of Ridley Park, Pa. The finalists will be honored during a pregame presentation on-field at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, June 10 prior to the Phillies-Padres game at 7:05 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to visit AllStarTeachers.com to vote on their favorite stories now 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.


Garrett Lyons, Howard High in Wilmington, DE

  • Graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History with two years as an educator.
  • Was accepted into the Teach for America program where he helped develop a refugee program for school children in Charlottesville to close the education gap in Delaware.
  • Students performed 30 percent better on the state's Physics assessment following his first year teaching.
  • An avid Phillies fan, this year Lyons has been able to share his love of baseball as assistant coach of the JV girls' softball team.

Gina Rexrode, Leasure Elementary School in Bear, DE

  • Nominated for the Teacher of the Year award four times in four different schools and is recognized by colleagues and students alike as an educational difference maker.
  • Over 14 years as a teacher, Gina has made sure her students' learning experience is a memorable one, which includes dressing up as a 100-year-old lady, Mary Poppins, a mad scientist, and a butterfly to dancing or playing basketball.
  • Established her school's first science fair, a composition book program that is mailed globally and returned to her students at year's end, and teaches special evening and summer classes in her district.
  • A Phillies fan and educational all-star who takes time to make sure that students who need extra attention and nurturing, receive it.

Jabari Whitehead, Roberts Elementary in Wayne, Pa.

  • A 17-year educator and lifelong Phillies fan, earned his stripes teaching second and fourth grade classes in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Talbot County, Maryland as well as Assistant Principal for Grades 7 and 8 at Upper Merion Area Middle School in Pennsylvania.
  • In addition to his classroom duties, he also found the time to coach high school and middle school football and wrestling.
  • Today, Principal Whitehead takes the time to make sure that his students get the best education possible in a nurturing environment.
  • Recently made local news after losing a bet with his students when he kissed a pig on the mouth after they surpassed a book-reading goal he set.

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.

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PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism when it launched in 1974, and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. Each week PEOPLE brings more than 53 million consumers the latest news, exclusive interviews, and in-depth reporting on the most compelling people of our time. In addition to unparalleled access to the entertainment community, the stories of real-life "Heroes Among Us" remain an essential component of PEOPLE's editorial approach. PEOPLE.com is the premier web destination for celebrity news, photos, style, and entertainment coverage. With reporters across the globe, PEOPLE is headquartered in New York City and is published by Time Inc. For more information visit www.PEOPLE.com.

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