SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July 11, 2021 – NBC Sports Bay Area and Provident Credit Union have announced Tomokazu Morikawa of George Washington High School in San Francisco as the recipient of the 2021 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union. The $20,000 award was presented to Morikawa on Saturday, July 10 during an on-field ceremony prior to the San Francisco Giants/ Washington Nationals game at Oracle Park. Additionally, each of the All-Star Teacher Award finalists will receive $2,000 for his/her school.
Since 2007, the All-Star Teacher Award has recognized middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for their extraordinary dedication to their students in school and in the community. This is the tenth year NBC Sports Bay Area has teamed with Provident Credit Union to award the winning teacher’s school $20,000, up from $10,000 in past years.
This year’s finalists were selected by a panel of judges based on four categories: Overall Commitment; Excellence in Teaching; Rapport with Students; and Level of Distinction. This year’s four finalists are Danielle Anderson of Francisco Middle School (San Francisco), Carolyn Delfino of Fremont High School (Oakland), Nina Portugal of Life Academy (Oakland) and Tomokazu Morikawa of George Washington High School (San Francisco).
This year’s panel of judges consisted of leaders in the community including Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director and Founder, SupplyBank.org; John Haggarty, VP Marketing of Provident Credit Union; Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment, Comcast California; Detra Paige, Director, Alumni & Family 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
2019 Katie Humann - Adams Middle School, Brentwood
2021 Tomokazu Morikawa - George Washington High School, San Francisco
About Provident Credit Union
Provident Credit Union is a $3.3 billion financial institution with over 129,000 members and 21 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 www.providentcu.org
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, and MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. The MyTeams by NBC Sports app provides live steams of the games and pre-and postgame shows, 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; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.