Extra Yard
for Teachers

An annual salute to teachers supported by the Pac-12 & the CFP Foundation

Pac-12 and CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers award over $36,000 to 12 teachers across San Jose area

Mascots from all Pac-12 universities along with Extra Yard for Teachers mascot ACE
helped surprise 12 teachers across nine schools leading up to #Pac12FCG
SAN FRANCISCO – Leading up to the Pac-12’s sixth-consecutive football championship game at Levi’s® Stadium today, the Conference and mascots from all 12 universities surprised 12 deserving teachers throughout the San Jose area with awards totaling over $36,000 in connection with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. The awards took place as surprises for each teacher and their classrooms over the past two days. All 12 teachers and their classrooms were also welcomed to the championship game his evening to be recognized on the field during the game.
All 12 teachers who received awards are from nine total schools in the San Jose area. Representatives from the Pac-12 and local school districts, along with mascots from all 12 universities and Extra Yard for Teachers mascot ACE, took part in presenting the awards. Selections for the 12 deserving teachers were made by the Pac-12 in conjunction with the Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, comprised of current student-athletes from each institution. The complete list of teachers awarded over the past two days includes:
  • Anthony Alvarado & Loshia Boram of Franklin Elementary School
  • Loari Bioletto of Windmill Springs Elementary School
  • Erin Cardona & Rick Drewrey of Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary School
  • Sharren Cayetano & Jeff Carver of Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School
  • Cheryl Chase of Cabrillo Middle School
  • Cynthia Mallison of Bowers Elementary School
  • Joel Robison of College Connection Academy
  • Ildiko Stennis of Peterson Middle School
  • Jennifer Zeitler of Central Park Elementary School
The Pac-12 and CFP Foundation have now worked together each year for the past several years to honor teachers across all 12 university footprints through teacher grants. The work has also been showcased across Pac-12 Networks with feature vignettes of student-athletes and coaches recognizing teachers who made a difference in their lives. In support of the overall mission of Extra Yard for Teachers, the Pac-12 has worked with the CFP Foundation to help elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers.
In addition to the donations made to the 12 local teachers this week, each Pac-12 university also donated $10,000 to deserving local teachers in their communities over the course of the football season. Focusing on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, the partnership has produced over $170,000 in grant funding over the past five years.
Also taking place tonight, the Pac-12 again hosted hundreds of local Bay Area teachers for the championship game.
About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 53 of the last 59 years, with 526 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities - the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to Pac-12.com/conference.​
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the community investment arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.