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San Francisco 49ers honor East Palo Alto teacher

Harmony Hayes earns 'classroom hero' award from NFL franchise

The San Francisco 49ers Tuesday morning named an East Palo Alto woman as the first of 16 Bay Area teachers who will be honored as a "classroom hero" during the upcoming 2011 NFL season.

Representatives from the 49ers and Washington-based Symetra Financial announced that Harmony Hayes, a sixth grade language and social studies teacher at the 49ers Academy, is the first Bay Area honoree of the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program.

The program honors exceptional K-12 teachers who have shown the ability to achieve long-term success in their students' education.

"It is very fitting to honor Harmony Hayes as the first recipient of the award, a teacher who I have witnessed first-hand demonstrate an undeniable passion for the power of education," 49ers owner and co-chairman John York said in a statement.

The winning teachers, who can be nominated through the program's website, will receive $1,000 for classroom supplies and tickets to a 2011 49ers game, and will be honored on the video screen at Candlestick Park during the game. The 49ers are sponsoring the program along with Symetra Financial and Wells Fargo Bank.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by muttiallen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

Congratulations to Harmony! She is a great teacher doing wonderful things with all her students. She was an 'early adopter' of technology in her classroom and received a Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching grant several years ago. She's an example of the many, many wonderful teachers working in Ravenswood District.


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Posted by outstanding teachers
a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I wish there were more programs like this to honor our outstanding teachers. Congratulations to Harmony Hayes and the other classroom heroes.


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Posted by Becky Sanders
a resident of Ventura
on May 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Great job Ms. Hayes and I applaud how involved the 49ers are in the local community and in supporting the 49ers academy. Brad at Media Center works with kids in the video program over there and sometimes a 49er team member will come down and be on the TV show. Here's a link to the playbacks of these student produced shows:

Web Link

In fact we are broadcasting LIVE from 49ers Academy this Thursday at 5:15 on Channel 28 or webcast on www.midpenmedia.org/stream.


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