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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.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in nail-biting 125-123 win vs. Kings

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in nail-biting 125-123 win vs. Kings

OAKLAND -- The fourth time against the Kings was no different from the previous three for the Warriors, who once again needed all the moxie their championship DNA could muster.

This one wasn’t over until Kings guard Buddy Hield was short on a jumper with two seconds remaining, allowing the Warriors to escape with a 125-123 victory Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

All five Warriors starters scored in double digits, led by Stephen Curry’s 36 points and 28 more from Kevin Durant.

The Warriors (42-16) concluded the season series with a 4-0 record against Sacramento (30-28), the four games decided by a total of 12 points.

Here are three quick takeaways from another thriller:

The superstars shall lead

When all else fails, turn everything over to Curry and Durant. What a luxury.

Curry was the closer, scoring 11 points in the final seven minutes. He was 12-of-23 from the field, including 10-of-16 from deep and 2-of-2 from the line. He also recorded seven assists. He played 36 minutes and was plus-six.

Durant scored 17 of his points in the first half, 13 in the opening quarter. He was 10-of-20 from the field, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-7 from the line. Durant also totaled nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocks.  He played 37 minutes and finished plus-seven.

On a night when the Kings proved yet again that they are to be taken seriously, the Warriors surely understand that their greatest offensive advantage is having Curry and Durant to pour in the points at critical times.

Second-unit blues

One of the goals for the Warriors over these final weeks of the regular season is finding an effective second unit, one capable of holding, if not extending leads built largely on the exploits of Curry and Durant.

That need was on full display in the second quarter. The Warriors entered with a 35-30 lead it took only three minutes -- and a 15-5 run by Sacramento -- to fall behind 45-40.

The Kings pushed the lead to 11 (54-43). The Warriors were down eight (54-46) when coach Steve Kerr turned to the Hamptons 5 (Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson), who outscored the Kings 14-8 over the final four minutes of the half.

Sure, they missed Shaun Livingston, who was at home with his wife, who is expected to deliver their second child at any time.

But the second unit dug a hole the Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to climb out of and didn’t gain another five-point lead until 6:36 remained.

Near-death by turnover

Maybe it was because this is the first game after a week-long break. Or maybe it was because after three previous games, the Warriors still haven’t adjusted to the quickness of the Kings.

But the live-ball turnovers just . . . kept . . . coming. They committed a total of 15 giveaways -- including an astonishing 11 in the first half -- off which Sacramento scored 22 points.

Durant and Curry each committed three, while Thompson, Kevon Looney and Cousins each coughed up two.

It was enough to keep the Kings in the game.

Turnovers are a pet peeve of Kerr's, and the Warriors spent most of January and early February keeping them to a minimum. They reverted to the worst of themselves in that regard Thursday night.

What we learned in Kings' 125-123 loss to Warriors as stretch run begins

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What we learned in Kings' 125-123 loss to Warriors as stretch run begins

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OAKLAND -- Down to the wire. In what could be a preview of a first-round postseason matchup, the Kings and Warriors played their fourth spirited game of the season. 

Sacramento sharpshooter Buddy Hield came up short on a mid-range jumper as time expired and, like the previous three games between these two clubs, the Kings fell just short. With the 125-123 victory, the Warriors swept the season series by a combined total of 12 points. 

Warriors star Kevin Durant was nearly unstoppable on both ends of the court. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry showed off his shooting stroke, and DeMarcus Cousins gave Kings fans a reminder of the positives -- and the negatives -- they're missing. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped another tough one to the Warriors to fall to 30-28 on the season:

Rookie Rampage

Marvin Bagley looked like a man possessed. The 19-year-old rookie had a quiet first quarter, scoring just three points in six minutes in the opening frame.

When he came back out to start the second quarter, it was on. Bagley used a variety of post moves to get loose and push his total to 16 at the half. 

After the intermission, he did more of the same. Bagley finished the evening with 28 points on 8-for-19 shooting, and chipped in 14 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. 


Battle of the Backcourts

Curry and Klay Thompson are the gold standard of NBA backcourts, but the Kings’ young duo of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield are making strides.

Curry hit the Kings for 36 points, including 10 makes from long range. Thompson struggled with his shot, but still managed to post 18 points on the evening.

Like Bagley, Fox got off to a slow start early in the game, but he bounced back to score 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter. He added eight assists and three rebounds in the loss. 

For one of the few times this season, Hield couldn’t find his range. Sacramento’s leading scorer started 0-for-6 from deep, but hit two long range triples in the final minute to push his scoring total to 18 points.  

[RELATED: The advice Draymond gave Fox about being Kings' leader]

Corey Brewer takeover

Rocking his second 10-day contract, Corey Brewer brought his hard hat and lunch pail to work on Thursday night at Oracle Arena. 

Known as an instigator, the 32-year-old journeyman got deep under the skin of Cousins on one end of the court, and then caught fire on the other. 

Brewer knocked down 3-of-5 from long range in his 14 minutes to finish with 11 points. He brought energy, and dirtied up the game.