Marijke Rowland

May 6, 2013

TURLOCK NOW: Pitman teacher is an All-Star

A Turlock music teacher is up for Comcast SportsNet’s 2013 All-Star Teacher Award and could win his school $20,000 with your votes.

A Turlock music teacher is up for Comcast SportsNet’s 2013 All-Star Teacher Award and needs your vote to win.

Pitman High School music teacher and band director Ruben Modesto (yes, that’s really his last name — apparently “Turlock” was unavailable) is one of five finalists for the honor, now in its seventh year. The 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.”

The winning teacher will have $20,000 donated to his or her school (and increase from the $10,000 award in past years).

The other four finalists are Aaron Colacion of John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, Jessica Lee of Willard Middle School in Berkeley), Dan Kirwan of Ida Price Middle School and Bridgit McGarry of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, both in San Jose.

Modesto is the only teacher up for the award from the Central Valley. His marching band was invited to and participated in the 2012 National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. And last year he was also selected as the high school Teachers of the Year by the Modesto Rotary and the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

The public determines the winner by voting online or via text. Votes can be cast by texting “Modesto ”to 82653 or clicking on Voting began last month and will run through June 2.

Only one vote per phone number and email address will be allowed.

The winner will be announced June 19 during an on-field ceremony prior to the San Francisco Giants/San Diego Padres game at AT&T Park and broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s telecast of the pregame show.

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