Teachers are one of the most important influences in a child's life. Through the Future Goals™ program, SAP, the NHL and the NHLPA are proud to celebrate some of the best teachers out there and offer our fans a chance to vote for their favorite teacher!
Take a moment to scroll through the bios below and read more about our deserving nominees. To cast your vote, click the button below.
Annette's hometown team is the Arizona Coyotes. She teaches 7th-8th grades at Mesa Public School. Annette became a teacher to share her knowledge with students and help them participate in activities that would foster a love for lifelong learning. If Annette played hockey she would be goalie because she has been a goalie before and loved it!
Katie's hometown team is the Boston Bruins. She teaches 7th grade at Freetown-Lakeville Middle School and has been a teacher for two years. Katie decided to become a teacher and coach because she loves being able to give students/athletes the life skills they will need to be successful in life while also having fun! If Katie played hockey she would be a goalie because she was a soccer goalie in college!
Julie's hometown team is the Buffalo Sabres. She teaches 5th grade at Mexico Middle School and has been a teacher for 20 years. Outside the classroom, Julie grants wishes with Make-A-Wish of Central New York and volunteers at the local food pantry. If Julie played hockey she would be a goalie because she loves directing the flow of things and a goalie sees it all!
Shauna's hometown team is the Calgary Flames. She teaches grade 6 at Calgary Christian School and has been a teacher for 22 years. Shauna wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl. Shauna has also been a coach in the Calgary community for almost 30 years. If Shauna played hockey she would be a goal scorer because there are such great celebrations to be had!
Karen's hometown team is the Carolina Hurricanes. She teaches 5th, 7th, and 8th grades at Terrell Lane Middle School. Karen enjoys working with and helping children. She recognizes the importance of relationship building and motivation when working with her students. During the weekend, you can find Karen involved in a program with her local church or working with the homeless. If Karen played hockey she would be a goal scorer because she moves fast!
Allison's hometown team is the Chicago Blackhawks. She teaches 8th grade at Hernandez Middle School and has been a teacher for 13 years. Allison became a teacher to expose students to new and exciting opportunities. In her free time, Allison volunteers with several scholarship organizations and has coached softball for 14 years. If Allison played hockey she would be a goalie because you're in the game all the time!
Amanda's hometown team is the Columbus Blue Jackets. She teaches 7th grade at Washington Middle School and has been a teacher for 12 years. Amanda loves teaching and believes every day is a new adventure with children! She has been working to make her school environmentally friendly by starting the "Green Team" to demonstrate the importance of recycling across her district. If Amanda played hockey she would be a goal scorer in order to feel the excitement of scoring and skating all over the ice!
Jeremy's hometown team is the Edmonton Oilers. He teaches grade 8 at Eastview Middle School and has been a teacher for 27 years. Jeremy's life focus has always been hockey and family. Jeremy is a minor hockey coach and runs a charity hockey tournament every year to raise money for Melanoma research and other local charities. If Jeremy played hockey he would be a goal scorer because he loves the feeling of scoring a goal!
Dave's hometown team is the Florida Panthers. He teaches 6th grade at Polo Park Middle School and has been a teacher for 27 years. Dave became a teacher to serve as a positive role model for students. Dave uses STEM throughout his days as a coach of three robotics teams at his school. If Dave played hockey he would be a goalie because he loves pressure and would thrive on the pressure to stop the puck!
Joel's hometown team is the Minnesota Wild. He teaches K-6th grades at Pine City ISD and has been a teacher for 25 years. Joel is actively involved in his church, local food bank and backpack programs! Joel loves his school's elementary school science fair because he says nothing matches the ownership and pride of the students when they share their project! If Joel played hockey he would be a goal scorer!
Angelo's hometown team is the New Jersey Devils. He teaches 6th-8th grades at Jonas Salk Middle School and has been a teacher for 15 years. Angelo serves as a mentor for students at his school and participated in the 8th Grade students Cancer Drive where he volunteered to shave his head! If Angelo played hockey he would be a goal scorer because it requires patience to know when to shoot!
Brad's hometown team is the New York Islanders. He teaches 6th grade at Center Moriches Middle School and has been a teacher for 20 years. Brad became a teacher to show children that learning can be fun! Brad is very involved in his community through his work with the Boy Scouts, cleaning up trash and helping military families. If Brad played hockey he would be a goalie because he would love to be in the net facing slap shots and breakaways!
Danielle's hometown team is the New York Rangers. She teaches 6th-7th grade at IS 98 Bay Academy. Danielle became a teacher because she has always loved working with children and seeing them apply the concepts taught in the classroom. In her free time, you can find Danielle working to raise funds for local disaster relief efforts as well as coaching middle school girls' basketball! If Danielle played hockey she would be a goalie!
Laurie's hometown team is the Philadelphia Flyers. She teaches 6th-8th grades at Henry C. Beck Middle School and has been a teacher for 19 years. Laurie became a teacher because she wanted to make a difference one person at a time. Outside of the classroom, Laurie was elected as a member of the local school board. If Laurie played hockey she would be a goalie because she feels they are an underappreciated asset of the team and they get the job done!
Eileen's hometown team is the Pittsburgh Penguins. She teaches 8th grade at East Allegheny Jr/Sr High School and has been a teacher for 23 years. Eileen helps run the STEM Club and Girls Who Code club at her school. She believes that these programs help give underrepresented student groups opportunities to gain skills needed for their futures. Outside the classroom, you can catch Eileen playing in a community band! If Eileen played hockey she would be a goal scorer because she would enjoy working with her teammates to set up goal scoring opportunities!
Toni's hometown team is the San Jose Sharks. She teaches 6th grade at Ardenwood Elementary School and has been a teacher for 18 years. After working in high tech, Toni switched to a career in education. When Toni is not pursuing her passion for traveling, she is a Scouts of America merit badge counselor, Science Bowl and Science Olympiad coach, Math Olympiad coach and the facilitator for STEMgirls (Girls Who Code club). If Toni played hockey she would be a goal scorer because she would like to take shots on goal and score!
Mayra's hometown team is the Tampa Bay Lightning. She teaches 6th-8th grades at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School and has been a teacher for 20 years. Mayra decided to become a teacher to spread her passion for computer science and technology while making a difference in as many students' lives as possible. Outside the classroom, Mayra volunteers at several local homeless shelters and food banks. If Mayra played hockey she would be a goal scorer because it comes with the opportunity to score for the win!
Gary's hometown team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. He teaches grade 8 at Elizabeth B. Phin School and has been a teacher for 21 years. Gary caught the teaching bug when he was a high school student, always assisting his teachers and coaches. Since then, he has taught almost every subject. You can often find Gary on the soccer field as a District Soccer referee officiating university matches. If Gary played hockey he would be a goaltender as he is a big believer that a good offense starts with a good defense!
Sydney's hometown team is the Vegas Golden Knights. She teaches 6th grade at Jo Mackey Magnet School and has been a teacher for 26 years. Sydney became a teacher because she is a lifelong learner herself! Sydney is involved in several school clubs including dance, drama and robotics. If Sydney played hockey she would be a goalie because of all the padding and the important role they play in preventing the other team from scoring!
Stephanie's hometown team is the Washington Capitals. Stephanie believes it only takes one person or one encounter to change a person's life and therefore she wants to have a positive impact on the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow. If Stephanie played hockey she would be a goalie - the last line of defense!
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