Mt. Madonna Continuation High School's Rick Charvet

Mt. Madonna Continuation High School's Rick Charvet
April 4, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Meet Mt. Madonna Continuation High School's Rick Charvet, one of five finalists to become Comcast SportsNet's 2014 All-Star Teacher.

Editor's note: Vote for your All-Star teacher! The winner will receive $20,000 for his or her school, courtesy Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union.

Richard “Rick” Charvet has taught K-12, GATE, comprehensive high school, and Adult Education for 23 years in the Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD). For the past 14 years, Charvet’s niche has been working with “at risk” youths. Primarily an art teacher, but educated on nearly every subject, his compassionate teaching style helped many students succeed with their personal/educational goals. Charvet’s most impressive accomplishment helped a student (slated for expulsion) not only graduate high school, but earn a $44K merit scholarship to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Charvet is the lead teacher for Gilroy’s AdvancePath Academy, where he works with more than 100 “at risk” students via a computer-based learning program. Charvet not only works with students’ academic needs, but nurtures their emotional well-being in and beyond the classroom. His mantra -- doing whatever it takes -- includes everything from individualized attention, career/college connections to making house calls. Charvet’s years of playing and coaching nearly every sport, especially basketball, gives him a “no quit” leadership style.

Charvet holds a BS Degree in Applied Art and Design from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1983), multiple-subject clear credential, art supplemental (Chapman University), and a 2D art specific subject matter credential. Charvet was the first in his family to attend college, although it nearly didn’t happen after being discouraged by a high school counselor. University life was challenging and academically disappointing, but he persevered. After graduation, Charvet held a graphic design position where he illustrated educational filmstrips. From there, he worked as a copywriter, the Santa Cruz Sentinel sports correspondent and marketing coordinator.

However, with his “positive mark on the world” mentality, Charvet pursued teaching and faced much adversity. Overall, his “stick-to-it-itiveness” and high test scores led him to the GUSD. Since that time, his love of learning took him to Boston University (Constitutional Law), The School of Art Institute Chicago, American Red Cross (Humanitarian Law), Washington, D.C. and to several venues with The California Arts Project. Charvet has taught many art workshops and presented several times for the Red Cross Silicon Valley. During the summer, Charvet teaches “Artist Within” art camps to underprivileged youths and has volunteered for Gilroy’s Kids’ Discover Arts program for more than 20 years. His firm belief: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”