Monday, April 15th, 2013


Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union to Donate $20,000 to the Winning Teacher’s School


Online and Text Voting for the All-Star Teacher Award from April 15 to June 2



2013 All-Star Teacher Announced Wednesday, June 19 at On-Field Ceremony Prior to Giants/Padres Game

at AT&T Park and Live During Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Telecast of Giants Pregame Live

 SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (April 15, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” announced today the five finalists for the 2013 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union.  In its seventh 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 respective communities.

 The All-Star Teacher Award winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 19 at an on-field ceremony prior to the San Francisco Giants/San Diego Padres game at AT&TPark and live during Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s telecast of Giants Pregame Live.  For a third straight year, Comcast SportsNet has teamed up with Provident Credit Union to donate $20,000 to the winning teacher’s school, up from $10,000 in past years.

This year’s five finalists are Aaron Colacion of John F. Kennedy High School (Richmond); Jessica Lee of Willard Middle School (Berkeley); Dan Kirwan of Ida Price Middle School (San Jose); Bridgit McGarry of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools (San Jose); and Ruben Modesto of JohnH.PitmanHigh School (Turlock).

Members of the public can vote for the 2013 All-Star Teacher by texting their vote to 82653 or voting online at beginning Monday, April 15 and continuing through Sunday, June 2.  Anyone with a valid email address is eligible to vote.  Limit one vote per valid email address and one per phone number.

Videos and photo galleries of the finalists will be featured online at In addition, the finalists will be interviewed on select Giants Pregame Live and A’s Pregame Live shows.

Nomination forms were mailed to over 200 Northern and Central California schools and were available online at and at all Provident Credit Union branch locations.  Many teachers were nominated by peers, students, parents and principals, and the finalists were chosen by an elite panel of community leaders.

Finalists were selected by a panel of community leaders based on four categories:  Overall Commitment, Excellence in Teaching, Rapport with Students and Level of Distinction.  This year’s elite panel of judges consists of Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing Director, BART; 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.

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All-Star Teacher Award recipients:

2007     Michael Meneses – PresidioMiddle School, San Francisco

2008     Allen Nakamura – AlamedaHigh School, Alameda

2009     Jessica Schelegle – Sacred HeartSchool, Saratoga

2010     Zachary Swan – JeffersonHigh School, Daly City

2011     Robert “Corky” Black – OakGroveHigh School, San Jose

2012     Dr. Paul Ricks – HopkinsJunior High School, Fremont


About Provident Credit Union:

Provident Credit Union is a $1.6 billion financial institution with over 95,000 members and 18 community branches in the Bay Area. The Redwood Shores-based credit union has proudly served the Bay Area since 1950. The full-service credit union offers everything from checking and savings accounts through mortgages, auto loans, mutual funds and home and auto insurance.  Provident began as the California Teachers Association Credit Union and expanded over the years to include those who live and work in the surrounding counties of the Bay Area and beyond. More information is available at


About Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see