Baltimore Ravens And M&T Bank Announce 2015 Touchdown For Teachers Winners



The Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank announced Tuesday their Touchdown for Teachers program finalists and grand prize winner. The program honors and recognizes local teachers for their leadership, dedication and commitment to education and for their outstanding service to their school, students and community.

The 2015 Touchdown for Teachers finalists are:

Julie Macro – Mars Estates Elementary (grand prize winner)

Gil Baguio – Eager Street Academy

Sheila Beyer – Timber Grove Elementary

Edwin Perez – Baltimore City College

Chad Shoales – Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School

The grand prize was awarded to Julie Macro, who teaches all subjects to her fifth-grade students at Mars Estates Elementary School in Essex, Md. Macro has established numerous programs outside of teaching her fifth-graders, including a Math 24 Challenge group, Bloggers Café and Fit Friday, which includes over 90 students from third through fifth grade who will run a 5K at the end of the term. 

The five finalists each receive a personalized Ravens jersey and an award certificate. The runners-up each receive $500 in grant funds, while Macro will be presented with a check for $2,000 in grant funds. Additionally, she will receive a classroom visit by a Ravens' coach or player, accompanied by Ravens mascot Poe and cheerleaders on Friday, June 5. (Details to follow week of event.)

"It's important to recognize the outstanding work our teachers are doing in the community," said Augie Chiasera, President of M&T Bank's Greater Baltimore and Chesapeake regions. "Teachers can literally turn lives around and inspire our young people to reach their potential. The Touchdown for Teachers program is a way to celebrate the positive impact teachers have on our students and the entire community."

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