Jul 9, 2015
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Veteran Kennedy High teacher Ian Bader, who was named as one of five finalists for the 2015 Comcast SportsNet All-Star Teacher Award, unfortunately did not win the contest’s grand prize of $20,000 that would have gone to his school.

Still, Bader won $2,000 for Kennedy High — the sum awarded to all runner-ups of the online voting contest. During the Giants game at AT&T Park on Wednesday, Carmen Kotto of South Valley Middle School in Gilroy was named the winner and presented a $20,000 check for her school. You can watch a video of the award ceremony, which had teachers on the field with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, here.

Bader is the second Kennedy High teacher to have been nominated for the award since 2013, when Colacion Aaron finished as a runner-up, proving the school has incredible talent in its classrooms. Read more about Bader’s accomplishments here.

“Maybe the third time will be a charm,” Kennedy High special ed teacher Sal Morabito said Thursday. “Thanks to their outstanding teachers Kennedy came up close again to receiving $20,000.”

Joining Bader as runner-ups this year were Kathy Fields of Centerville Junior High School (Fremont); Rebecca Girard of Notre Dame High School (Belmont);  and Jesse Sanchez of Westmont High School (Campbell).

The award recognizes middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for extraordinary dedication to students in school and the community.

Below is the list of past winners:

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


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.