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Thanks to the Texas Lottery, great things are happening all across Texas. The Texas Lottery now consistently contributes more than $1.6 billion of lottery revenue each year to good causes like public education and veterans’ assistance programs. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $31.6 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. Through strict adherence to its vision, mission and core values, the Texas Lottery is dedicated to ensuring that this support continues.

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Megan Beth Hedgecock

Megan Beth Hedgecock is in her fifteenth year of teaching English Language Arts and Reading in Texas. A graduate of Texas State University, she moved to Central Texas after high school, and she has been here ever since. In addition to her passion for reading and writing, she loves volleyball and soccer, and is a coach for both of these sports, currently at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas. 

She was the 2023 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Manor ISD, was recently published in The English Journal, and will be presenting at the NCTE Annual Convention this November. She is an advocate in education, and supporter of student voice.

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Jackie Martinez

Mrs. Martinez is originally from Austin, Texas where she began her dance career at the age of three. After 15 years of training in the studio and serving as the Captain for Travis High School, she attended Southwest Texas State University as a member of the world-famous Strutters. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Dance Education. While attending SWT, she choreographed and performed in the Opening Door Dance Theatre, Choreographer’s Collective, and Choreographer’s Showcase. Mrs. Martinez was also a member of the Texas Rattler Pom Squad.

Mrs. Martinez is in her twenty-first year of directing the Rebelettes. She was the 2023 Travis H.S. Teacher of the year and was a 2023 Semi-Finalist Director of the Year for the Texas Dance Educators Association. She is the Co-Director for the Austin ISD’s All-City Dance Team, the High School Dance Liaison for Austin ISD and currently writes the curriculum for the district and is the Faculty Co-Chair for the CAC.

Mrs. Martinez is blessed to share her life with her loving husband Coach J.F. Martinez and her sons Jordan and Jace.