2016 All-Star Teacher finalist Scott Krijnen

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2016 All-Star Teacher finalist Scott Krijnen

Scott Krijnen
Orchestra
San Jose's Castillero Middle School

Scott Krijnen has taught orchestra at Castillero and Redwood Middle School for the past 11 years. Taking over two programs in 2005 with a total of 80 students, he currently works with over 550 musicians per day through nine classes, six at Castillero and three at Redwood as an after school program.

Over the past decade, Scott has had the good fortune to continue his craft as a cellist, conductor and teacher. He has soloed throughout the Bay Area, most recently with the Winchester Symphony and Silicon Valley Philharmonic. He is the conductor of the Cambrian Symphony and the orchestras at San Jose State University’s “Summer in the City,” and has also been a guest conductor with Saratoga High School and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. But most importantly, he continues his growth in the art of teaching and working with the citizens of tomorrow. Thanks to Dr. Cohen, Dr. Hollinger and many of the staff and faculty of San Jose State, Castillero has become a lab for young music educators to observe and work on their craft.

Mr. Krijnen believes that all students should have free and equal access to educational opportunities and has worked tirelessly with the community to help raise over $100,000 over the past 11 years to provide free instruments to every student who joins the orchestra programat Castillero. Because of such incredible community effort, Scott has been able to lead public school programs in which every student is able to attend every trip, every tour and every festival regardless of income or socioeconomic status. Under his leadership, the orchestras have garnered a widespread reputation for having students who are engaged, grateful and excited to learn. His students take pride in living by their motto, “It’s always your choice…..choose to be great."

Because of this spirit of learning, a vast array of guests visit and participate in the sharing of knowledge. His collaborations with Bay Area professionals, nationally acclaimed artists and institutions of higher learning have brought hundreds of guests into his classroom to observe, participate, lead, share or to perform. Guests include: Cypress String Quartet, Amaranth String Quartet, Sphinx Virtuosi, Philharmonia Baroque, Chamber Music By The Bay with Mr. Shiozaki, Mr. Hsu, Ms. Chang and Ms. Gaynon, Mr. Temkin, Professor DiGiacinto, Dr. Kim, Dr. Lin, Mr. Bensing, Professor McCullough, Ms. Clymer, Mr. Hoffer, Ms. Li, Dr. Laycock, Dr. Smith, Mr. Nakagoshi, Ms. Jan, Mr. Simon, Mr. Boitz, Ms. Makhijani, , Mr. Tagawa and more.

Scott is a Presser Scholar from the University of Idaho and earned his Masters in Cello Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music receiving the Chamber Music Award. He has toured Korea and Taiwan as part of the KAS Piano Trio and has performed and played with dozens of orchestras and chamber ensembles. In 2011, he was awarded Teacher of the Year at Castillero and in 2016, he has been named the Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator of the year for the state of California.

Every day is a chance to be great and Scott gets to witness that each day with his incredible students, parents, colleagues and community. He is truly grateful for getting to share his love and joy for the arts with his students but more importantly, for helping students realize that they are the reason for their success.

Report: Matt Barnes pleads guilty, receives sentence

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Report: Matt Barnes pleads guilty, receives sentence

Matt Barnes is reportedly close to resolving his legal matter.

Barnes pled guilty to disorderly conduct on Tuesday morning and was sentenced to 10 days of community service, according to TMZ Sports.

Back in December (as a member of the Kings), Barnes got involved in a skirmish at a New York nightclub.

“They’ve got enough to charge Barnes with an assault on a woman,” a police source told the New York Daily News. “It will probably be a misdemeanor assault on one of the females who was pushed or choked or sustained some sort of injury. She’s obviously cooperating.”

It appears that Barnes' lawyers were able to cut a deal.

The 37-year old is reportedly due back in court in August to hash out details for his community service.

The Warriors signed Barnes in early March after Kevin Durant injured his knee against the Wizards.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Division rival interested in Joe Thornton

Report: Division rival interested in Joe Thornton

The mere thought of Joe Thornton wearing a Kings sweater may be enough to cause some Sharks fans to lose their lunch.

But it might be a possibility.

According to LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen, the Kings consider Thornton to be a “priority” should be hit the open market as a free agent. While the two sides are currently allowed to express mutual interest, NHL rules forbid them from discussing terms of any deal until Saturday at 9 a.m. PT.

Rosen points to a number of individuals in the Kings' organization that have ties to Thornton, including general manager Rob Blake, who played on the Sharks with Thornton from 2008-10. Mike O’Connell was Thornton’s general manager in Boston and currently serves as the Kings’ senior advisor to the general manager. Glen Murray, a former teammate and frequent linemate of Thornton’s with the Bruins for three-and-a-half seasons, is in Kings player development.

The Kings, under new management since replacing Dean Lombardi with Blake, and head coach Darryl Sutter with John Stevens, have put a priority on finding players this offseason that can get pucks to dangerous scoring areas. 

Adding one of the best passers in the history of the NHL would surely help in that regard. Thornton sits 13th in the NHL all-time with 1,007 assists.

Rosen writes: “Los Angeles has been a dominant possession team without being a high scoring team for the better part of the last six-plus seasons, and it was articulated earlier in the off-season that the team needed to do a better job of taking advantage of that possession discrepancy. In trying to find players with the ability to turn possession into actual production, the team has placed an emphasis on finding players capable of distributing the puck into high-danger in the attacking zone. There might not be another player in the NHL – let alone unrestricted free agents – who is as gifted of a passer of Thornton, which places the team’s needs in concert with the future Hall of Famer’s skill set.”

As reported here previously Thornton, who turns 38 on Sunday, is seeking a deal of three years. That might not be agreeable to the Sharks, who are likely to sign Martin Jones and Marc-Edouard Vlasic to long-term and expensive contract extensions that would kick in with the 2018-19 season.

Of course, Thornton could also be using the Kings as leverage to get a new deal in San Jose, where he would prefer to remain.