Friday, June 22nd, 2018


 Cori Starr of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek Named 2018 All-Star Teacher,

$20,000 Check Presented in Her Honor

Each All-Star Teacher Award Runner-Up to Receive $2,000 for His/Her School

Program Has Donated $200,000 to Local Public Schools Since Inception in 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 21, 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area (@NBCSAuthentic) announced today that Cori Starr of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, Calif. is the winner of the 2018 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union (@ProvidentCU).  Starr has been awarded $20,000 for her school.  In addition, each All-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive $2,000 for his/her school.


(Left to right) Ty Blach, San Francisco Giants pitcher; Joshua Melander, Business Development Manager, Provident Credit Union; Cori Starr, 2018 All-Star Teacher, Northgate High School; Heidi Parks, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources, Provident Credit Union; and Tom Pellack, Vice President of Marketing, NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California presented the $20,000 check during an on-field ceremony prior to this evening’s San Francisco Giants/San Diego Padres game at AT&T Park.

In its 12th year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for their extraordinary dedication to their students and significant presence within their communities.  An esteemed panel of judges selected this year’s finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment; Excellence in Teaching; Rapport with Students; and Level of Distinction.  This year’s five finalists are: Craig Bryant of Albany High School (Albany), Jennifer Click of Edison High School (Fresno), Sergio Hernandez of Katherine R. Smith Elementary (San Jose), Michael Ruibal of Black Diamond Continuation High School (Pittsburg) and 2018 All-Star Teacher Cori Starr of Northgate High School (Walnut Creek)

Since its inception in 2007, the All-Star Teacher Award program has donated $20,000 to public schools in Northern and Central California.  For the eighth straight year, NBC Sports Bay Area has teamed up with Provident Credit Union to award the winning teacher’s school $20,000, up from $10,000 in past years.

This year’s elite panel of judges consists of Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing Director, BART; Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director and Founder, K to College; John Haggarty, VP Marketing of Provident Credit Union;  Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment, Comcast California; Detra Paige, Director of Community Relations, Oakland Athletics;  and Sue Petersen, Executive Director of the Giants Community Fund.

All-Star Teacher Award recipients:
2007    Michael Meneses – Presidio Middle School, San Francisco
2008    Allen Nakamura – Alameda High School, Alameda
2009    Jessica Schelegle – Sacred Heart School, Saratoga
2010    Zachary Swan – Jefferson High School, Daly City
2011    Robert “Corky” Black – Oak Grove High School, San Jose
2012    Dr. Paul Ricks – Hopkins Junior High School, Fremont
2013    Ruben Modesto – John H. Pitman High School, Turlock
2014    Nicole Ellwood – Twin Hills Charter Middle School, Sebastopol
2015    Carmen Kotto – South Valley Middle School, Gilroy
2016    Scott Krijnen – Castillero Middle School, San Jose
2017    Dale Waldo – Folsom Middle School, Folsom
2018    Cori Starr – Northgate High School, Walnut Creek


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