Comcast SportsNet announces five finalists for 2014 All-Star Teacher Award

Comcast SportsNet announces five finalists for 2014 All-Star Teacher Award
April 7, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union to Donate $20,000 to the Winning Teacher’s School

Online Voting for the All-Star Teacher Award from April 7 to June 1 at

2014 All-Star Teacher Announced Wednesday, June 25 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 7, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” announced today the five finalists for the 2014 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union (@ProvidentCU).  In its eighth year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes excellence in middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for their extraordinary dedication to their students and their significant presence within their respective communities.

 The All-Star Teacher Award winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 25 during an on-field ceremony prior to the San Francisco/San Diego Padres game at AT&T Park and live during Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s telecast of Giants Pregame Live. For a fourth straight year, Comcast SportsNet has teamed up with Provident Credit Union to donate $20,000, up from $10,000 in past years, to the winning teacher’s school.

 This year’s five finalists are Rick Charvet of Mt. Madonna Continuation High School (Gilroy); Sarah Coyle of Roosevelt School (Redwood City); Nicole Ellwood of Twin Hills Charter Middle School (Sebastopol); Jessica Lura of Bullis Charter Schools (Los Altos); and Alyssa Neilson of Half Moon Bay High School (Half Moon Bay).

Voting for your favorite among the finalists can be done online at starting Monday, April 7 and continuing through Sunday, June 1. The website will feature biographies as well as short videos of the five finalists. In addition, the finalists will be featured in personal videos vignettes that will air on Comcast SportsNet, and they will be interviewed on select Giants Pregame Live and A’s Pregame Live shows.

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

For more information, visit and follow on Twitter @CSNAuthentic.

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


About Provident Credit Union:
Provident Credit Union is a $1.9 billion financial institution with over 104,000 members and 19 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:
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, AFL’s San Jose SaberCats and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. Comcast SportsNet California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, includingSportsNet CentralYahoo! SportsTalk LivePregame LivePostgame LivePress Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via and Follow both networks on Twitter via@CSNAuthentic.