Major League Baseball (MLB) Honors All-Star Teachers

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UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry alumnus Garrett Lim (B.S., 2002) was honored at the 2014 MLB All-Star game when he was selected as one of thirty best educators in North America for the Target presents People All-Star Teachers Campaign.

The Target presents People All-Star Teachers Campaign celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.  Walnut High School teacher Garrett Lim, representing the Chicago White Sox, along with the 29 honorees who represented every Major League Baseball team, were introduced along with MLB All-Star players on the field and serenaded by Broadway star Idina Menzel before the start of the 85th All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014.

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Garrett Lim (Credit: As a student at UCLA, Garrett Lim met teachers who changed his thinking about education. They encouraged him to learn, not just study. Garrett became a chemist, but later followed his passion to teaching chemistry, which is what he’s been doing for the last eight years. He frequently relates his experiences in the chemistry industry to the classroom to help his students better understand chemistry’s practical uses. He teaches a variety of levels of the subject, including honors, international baccalaureate and advanced placement.

Ninety-eight percent of his AP students pass; because of performance such as that, Garrett received the 2013 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award. His dedication to his students is unmatched. This White Sox fan is the teacher adviser for Walnut High School’s Environmental Care Global Awareness (ECGA) Club and he has won many other distinctions, including the George Hauge Memorial Travel Award, Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction and Science Division Teacher of the year. Garrett is also a musician who has played in several concerts benefiting the Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Why Garrett roots for the White Sox: “When I started watching baseball in the early 1990s, something drew me to Frank Thomas and how he approached the art of hitting, so much so that he became my favorite player. And since he played for the White Sox, the White Sox became my favorite team. I have been rooting for them since!”

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You can watch the video of the introduction of the Target presents People All-Star Teachers winners at the 85th MLB All-Star Game by clicking on the photo below.


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