Cori Starr of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek Named 2018 All-Star Teacher,

$20,000 Check Presented in Her Honor


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


Program Has Donated $200,000 to Local Public Schools Since Inception in 2007


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 21, 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area (@NBCSAuthentic) announced today that Cori Starr of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, Calif. is the winner of the 2018 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union (@ProvidentCU).  Starr has been awarded $20,000 for her school.  In addition, each All-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive $2,000 for his/her school.

In its 12th year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for their extraordinary dedication to their students and significant presence within their communities.  An esteemed panel of judges selected this year’s finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment; Excellence in Teaching; Rapport with Students; and Level of Distinction.  This year’s five finalists are: Craig Bryant of Albany High School (Albany), Jennifer Click of Edison High School (Fresno), Sergio Hernandez of Katherine R. Smith Elementary (San Jose), Michael Ruibal of Black Diamond Continuation High School (Pittsburg) and 2018 All-Star Teacher Cori Starr of Northgate High School (Walnut Creek)


Since its inception in 2007, the All-Star Teacher Award program has donated $20,000 to public schools in Northern and Central California.  For the eighth straight year, NBC Sports Bay Area has teamed up with Provident Credit Union to award the winning teacher’s school $20,000, up from $10,000 in past years.

This year’s elite panel of judges consists of Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing Director, BART; Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director and Founder, 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.

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

2017    Dale Waldo – Folsom Middle School, Folsom

2018    Cori Starr – Northgate High School, Walnut Creek


About Provident Credit Union:

Provident Credit Union is a $2.4 billion financial institution with over 114,000 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 to mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, 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 NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California:

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports 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. NBC Sports 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 game broadcasts per year. and provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips.  Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook:

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