ARLINGTON -- Carol Liberman, who's been a teacher for more than 40 years in the Houston area, has been chosen by fans to represent the Astros 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.
Liberman is teaching her final year of middle school English and history. She earned a Master's in Education with Phi Beta Kappa honors and started her career working in the inner city, later moving between two Jewish private schools for the next 40 years. Her accomplishments can only be measured by the success of her students, many of whom have gone on to win national writing awards and attend Ivy League schools.
She's won multiple Teacher of the Year honors, was asked to participate in a national teachers' mentoring program, and deserves to be nominated for sainthood for teaching middle school for so long. Liberman hasn't had a storybook life and yet she never complains.
When her husband had a heart attack, she raised two young kids on a teacher's salary. She's been a great inspiration and for the small, tight Jewish community in Houston, and her retirement will be a changing of the guard. She is a diehard Astros fan with a picture of her son, daughter and Jose Cruz proudly displayed in her classroom.
Liberman 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 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.
Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.