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July 3, 2012 > Ricks named Comcast SportsNet All-Star Teacher

Ricks named Comcast SportsNet All-Star Teacher

Submitted By Jay Dela Cruz

Comcast SportsNet, the home of "Authentic Bay Area Sports," announced that Dr. Paul Ricks of Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont is the winner of the 2012 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union. Dr. Ricks was presented a $20,000 check for his school during an on-field ceremony at AT&T Park, prior to the June 27 San Francisco Giants/Los Angeles Dodgers game.

In its sixth 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 respective communities. An esteemed panel of community leaders selected five finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment, Excellence in Teaching, Rapport with Students, and Level of Distinction.

This year's five finalists were Dr. Paul Ricks of Hopkins Junior High School (Fremont); Ronnie Cato of Mt. Eden High School (Hayward); Todd Higashi of Alameda Science and Technology Institute (Alameda); Claudia Natale of Cupertino Middle School (Sunnyvale) and April Silva of John F. Kennedy Junior High School (Hanford). Each All-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive $2,000 for his/her school.

Heidi Parks, Vice President of Marketing, Provident Credit Union, stated, "Provident Credit Union is honored to take part in such an amazing award that recognizes the tireless efforts of teachers within our community. All of the finalists demonstrated such a high level of dedication to their students' education, and they are all to be commended. On behalf of all Provident members, we congratulate Dr. Ricks on his achievement."

"Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union are honored to name Dr. Paul Ricks the 2012 All-Star Teacher and to present him a $20,000 check for Hopkins Junior High School," said Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. "Dr. Ricks has demonstrated tireless dedication and loyalty to his school and community, and thanks to his commitment he has been able to help shape the lives of his young students. We would also like to celebrate and thank the other finalists and all the award nominees for their invaluable contributions in their classrooms and communities."

Many teachers were nominated by peers, students, parents and principals, and the finalists were chosen by panel of judges consisting of Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing Director, BART; John Haggarty, AVP Marketing of Provident Credit Union; Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community & Media Partnerships, Comcast California; Detra Paige, Director of Community Relations, Oakland Athletics; and Sue Petersen, Executive Director of the Giants Community Fund.

Members of the public voted for the All-Star Teacher finalists online at from April 16 through June 3.

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