Matt Carpenter Surprises Local Teachers to Say 'Thank You'

As the son of two educators, the Cardinals first baseman knows the hard work and sacrifices made by teachers around the country.

August 13, 2018 - 2:48 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Matt Carpenter knows better than most, what teachers throughout the country go through. Mainly because he grew up in a household with two educators. 

His mother was a grade school teacher and principal and his father was a teacher and still coaches youth baseball.

"I know what it's like to go to the principals office and have your mom talk to you ... She picked on me," Carpenter said while visiting Parkway Central Middle School on Monday.

He was at the west county school to surprise a group of physical education teachers, as they are preparing for students to return from summer break on Wednesday.

"I think that teachers and coaches of this country are some of the most special people, so it's awesome to be here and spend time with you. I have a lot of respect for what you do," Carpenter says.

He gave them each $100 gift cards to Academy Sports and Outdoors and gave some advice to any students out there. 

"It's hard to change a first impression," Carpenter says. "A first impression goes a long way so treat your teachers with respect, and show up on time and be ready to work. And have a good attitude and do it everyday. That would be my best advice."

This is the third year Carpenter and Academy Sports have partnered to surprise teachers in the Parkway Schools District. 

While the first baseman is making his case for most valuable player in the national league this season ( leading the NL in home runs, slugging, OPS and extra-base hits), he wasn’t the only award winner in the room. P.E. and health teacher from Parkway Northeast Middle School, Ali Ghasedi was nomiated for teacher of the year by his fellow educators. 

He appreciated Carpenter's words of advice and believes the work he does on the baseball field can translate for kids in the classroom. 

"Through what he does everyday behind the scene that people don't see, that's what gets him those awards," "And him explaing just on the first day of school and trying to set a good impression are the little things you have to do in order to achieve greatness."