CSN Bay Area, Provident Credit Union Announce Winner of ‘2016 All-Star Teacher Award’

CSN Bay Area, Provident Credit Union Announce Winner of ‘2016 All-Star Teacher Award’

Scott Krijnen of Castillero Middle School in San Jose

Named 2016 All-Star Teacher, $20,000 Check Presented in His Honor

Each All-Star Teacher Award Runner-Up Receive $2,000 for His/Her School

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 8, 2016) – CSN Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports” announced today that Scott Krijnen of Castillero Middle School in San Jose, Calif. is the winner of the 2016 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union (@ProvidentCU), and has been awarded $20,000 for his school. In addition, each All Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive $2,000 for his/her school.

(Left to right) Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants pitcher; Scott Krijnen, 2016 All-Star Teacher; Castillero Middle School; Heidi Parks, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources, Provident Credit Union; John Haggarty, Vice President of Marketing, Provident Credit Union; Fallon Smith, CSN anchor and reporter; and Ted Griggs, President and General Manager, CSN Bay Area and CSN California presented the $20,000 check during an on-field ceremony prior to this evening’s San Francisco Giants/Arizona Diamondbacks game at AT&T Park.

In its 10th year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers in Northern California for their remarkable dedication to their students and significant presence within their respective communities. An esteemed panel of community leaders selected five finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment, Teaching Excellence, Student Rapport, and Distinction Levels.  This year’s five finalists are Sunny Cordoba of Junipero Serra School (Carmel), Scott Krijnen of Castillero Middle School (San Jose), Michele Lamons-Raiford of Pinole Valley High School (Pinole), Wayne Phillips of Mills High School (Millbrae) and George Rose of Willard Middle School (Berkeley).

All-Star Teacher nomination forms were mailed to over 200 Northern California schools and also available at all Provident Credit Union branches, as well as online at CSNBayArea.com and providentcu.org.  Peers, students, parents, and principals were encouraged to nominate their teachers and the finalists were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of  Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing, BART; Benito Delgado, Executive Director of K to College; John Haggarty, VP of Marketing at 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.

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

2014     Nicole Ellwood – Twin Hills Charter Middle School, Sebastopol

2015     Carmen Kotto – South Valley Middle School, Gilroy

2016     Scott Krijnen - Castillero Middle School, San Jose


About Provident Credit Union:

Provident Credit Union is a $2.1 billion financial institution with over 105,000 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 www.providentcu.org

About CSN:

CSN Bay Area and CSN California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. CSN Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, 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. CSN 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, including SportsNet Central, SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via www.CSNBayArea.com and www.CSNCalifornia.com.

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Kings' rise to playoff contention should resonate with true Warriors fans

Kings' rise to playoff contention should resonate with true Warriors fans

OAKLAND – Much of the Now Generation barely knows how the Warriors lived before being plucked from the trash bin by an ambitious ownership group actually sincere in its vow to pursue greatness.

Before becoming the super team that “broke” the NBA a few years ago, the Warriors spent the better part of 20 years wearing the league’s brightest clown suit. They were submerged in such a toxic stew of instability, ineptitude and avarice that 42 wins was all it took for their fans to express full-throated “We Believe” euphoria.

Belief meant snapping a 13-year playoff drought.

The Warriors were, at that time, about where the Sacramento Kings were at the start of this season. By coincidence, the Kings are trying to put an end to a 13-year playoff drought.

Even for the Warriors fan that would like to crush the Kings into a fine purple powder, it is refreshing to see the Kings making themselves significant. They come into Oracle Arena on Thursday night with a 30-27 record – already more wins than they’ve achieved in eight of the last 10 seasons. They’re a part of a postseason race for the first time since

“Great story, great for Northern California, great for Sacramento,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr says.

There’s a buzz in Sacramento that should be somewhat familiar to the Warriors fan of a dozen years ago – or to those that remember the 61-win Kings of Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divic, Mike Bibby, Doug Christie and Bobby Jackson.

The dazzling point guard, De’Aaron Fox is 21. The sharpshooter, Buddy Hield, is 26. Marvin Bagley III is 19, Harry Giles 20. Coach Dave Joerger is in the Coach of the Year discussion.

There are reasons why the Warriors have had difficulty shaking these dudes. After splitting four games with Sacramento last season, the champs this season are 3-0 – but with a win margin of 3.3 points.

“I love watching them play,” Kerr says. “Dave has done a fantastic job with the team. They’re exciting, they’re young and fun and full of energy. They’re tough to beat.”

Such talented youth is why the Kings have a future that can’t compare to the current Warriors, but is considerably much brighter than the “We Believe” bunch.

When Kerr was asked about a potential Warriors-Kings playoff series, he politely, and wisely, steered clear. His prerogative.

Here, though, we think a Warriors-Kings series in the first round would be great fun to watch. It wouldn’t be terribly competitive, but the Warriors could benefit from facing a team that out to change its status within the NBA.

Indeed, the Kings and the Lakers are the two most captivating first-round opponents for the Warriors. Any time LeBron James steps on the court to face the Warriors, it’s an event. And the idea of a team on the rise and only 80 miles away – and the former home of DeMarcus Cousins – ensures electricity.

To be sure, the appeal of either far outshines that of, say, the Spurs or the Timberwolves.

As someone eager for playoff hoops the Warriors were not able to provide, I often drove up to Sacramento in April and May. I saw and heard a man run out of Arco Arena sobbing and screaming after the Shaq-Kobe Lakers came back for an overtime win in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. It was the third consecutive postseason that the Kings were ousted by the Lakers.

When the Kings were contenders, their fans were annoyingly loud and profoundly engaged. The equivalent of Warriors fans at their most vociferous.

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“That place has always had great fans,” Kerr said. “I remember back in the day, going into Arco. So I’m happy for their fans because it’s been a while since they’ve been able to really connect with their team. And this team is easy to connect with.”

It seems somehow appropriate that on Thursday the Warriors will honor the “We Believe” team, with coach Don Nelson will be joined by Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson and Kelenna Azubuike at Oracle Arena.

If any fan can identify with the despair of those following the “Kangz,” it is the Warriors fan that remembers Keith Jennings and Bill Curley, endured Jason Caffey and Tony Farmer, and once saw Larry Hughes is the savior.

Kyrie Irving frustrated with free agency questions about Kevin Durant video

Kyrie Irving frustrated with free agency questions about Kevin Durant video

In a season where the Warriors have a chance to cement themselves as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, what could happen this summer is stealing headlines.

Especially if you're Kevin Durant. 

Even when the Warriors star forward won his second NBA All-Star Game MVP, all anyone could talk about over the weekend was a video that surfaced of Durant and Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. Here's the gist of the clip: two superstar friends are laughing and having a conversation with each other.

Simple, right?

Oh, and both players could be free agents this summer and join up as teammates.

Irving was asked about the video Wednesday and a frustrating exchange ensued between point guard and reporter. 

From the social media uproar, Irving goes on to say, "This is the stuff that doesn't make the league fun."

The following is the full transcript and video of his responses. 

Durant has had his own issues with the media. He went silent for nine days before unleashing a tirade during a Warriors postgame press conference.

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The good news for both players is this -- basketball is back. The All-Star break is over and games can again be the focus when talking about both of these players. 

Well, maybe.