In 1999, Shelley Swircek was awarded the City of San Jose Future Teacher Scholarship from the office of the mayor, and pursued her dream in teaching. She earned her teaching credential from San Jose State University and has been deemed highly qualified according to national guidelines. In 2000, she was hired at Tom Matsumoto Elementary School in the Evergreen School District. Shelley taught at Tom Matsumoto Elementary School for many years at various grade levels. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has been a Support Provider for new teachers through both the Evergreen School District and San Jose State University. In 2007, Shelley left the Evergreen School District and started Silver Creek Academy. Her philosophies and style as a teacher derive directly from the experiences and lessons that she learned in her past as an elite athlete. She grew up in Southern California and at a young age fell in love with the sport of gymnastics. In 1991, she earned a spot on the USA National Team and was ranked third in the nation. Shelley was fortunate to win the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival Competition, and shortly after was named California’s Youth Athlete of the Year over athletes such as up and coming golfer Tiger Woods. In 2001, USA Gymnastics’ governing body asked her to mentor a promising young gymnast, who later went on to make two Olympic teams. Shelley brings to the classroom a wealth of experiences and expert knowledge that she passionately shares with her students.
Michael Johnson grew up in Campbell and attended Saint Lucy’s Elementary School and Archbishop Mitty High School. He has had an interest in helping children for as long as he can remember. Michael graduated from San Jose State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Communications.
He began his teaching career at Ponderosa Elementary School in January 2002, and is currently teaching a third through fifth grade self-contained classroom. Michael worked as an intern with San Jose State University and obtained his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. According to the “No Child Left Behind Act,” he is a highly qualified teacher. He has a desire to want to better himself as a teacher and has attended several workshops and trainings including Writer’s Workshop, GLAD, Lindamood-Bell, Barton and Edmark. Michael Johnson has been a part of the Silver Creek Academy team for over eight years.
Nelson Hori graduated in 2001 from San Jose State University and began his career in education as a substitute teacher in the San Jose Unified, Berryessa Union, and Santa Clara School Districts. Being able to teach multiple grade levels at many different schools has allowed him to find his perfect fit. Since January 2003, Nelson has been teaching Algebra and 8th grade Physical Science for Juan Cabrillo Middle School in the Santa Clara Unified School District.
After earning his Professional Clear Multiple Subject Credential in 2003, he went on to complete his Masters in Educational Leadership through San Jose State University in 2009. Nelson is also the Science Department Chair and runs the after school tutoring program at Cabrillo Middle School. Nelson truly enjoys seeing students learn as well as learning new things for himself.
When he is not in the classroom launching rockets, or singing the quadratic formula song. Nelson enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, surfing and exploring tide pools at the beach, hiking in the woods and, most recently, perfecting new organic gardening techniques at home.
In 1992, Bobbi Majors graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in theater. Bobbi had always dreamed of being a teacher so she immediately enrolled at The University of San Francisco, where she earned her multiple subjects teaching credential. After earning her credential, Bobbi was hired in the Evergreen School District. Bobbi has been teaching in the Evergreen School District for 23 years. Currently Bobbi teaches kindergarten at Laurelwood Elementary School.
Bobbi has consistently participated in professional development courses such as; Touch Math, Step Up To Writing and Writer’s Workshop. Bobbi also has been a part of the Support Provider Program (BTSA) in the Elementary School District for the past 7 years. Bobbi has earned her masters in Curriculum and Development from the University of Scranton and has published her first book "Looking For The Star" in 2017.
Bobbi and her family proudly live in San Jose and enjoys spending time with her family. And in her spare time has become a newly published author, titled "Looking For the Star." Ms. Bobbi is proud to be a part of Silver Creek Academy and looks forward to working with the students!
Dr. Jacquelyn Calderon has been an educator for almost 30 years. She has taught and tutored students in a wide variety of grade levels and subject matters. Jacquelyn has also managed several Child Development Centers. She has two wonderful children; a daughter who is 27 and a son who is 19. She enjoys teaching, reading, science and history. Jacquelyn is very excited to be working with your children at Silver Creek Academy. She believes it takes a village to raise a child and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing children’s eyes light up when they learn something new. She is either teaching school or attending school, as she has just received her Doctorate in Metaphysical Sciences. She brings to Silver Creek Academy her wealth of experience and expertise.
Evelyn Jimenez was born and raised in San Jose where her passion for teaching steadily grew. At a young age, her love of helping others morphed into a love for education. Before receiving her Bachelor’s in English from San Jose State University, she taught a high school junior English class as part of her Teaching Academy Senior Practicum requirements while attending Independence High School. After graduating from IHS, she tutored adult ESL students at De Anza College in Cupertino in writing, listening and speaking. Evelyn also has experience working with teen students with 504 plans, IEP plans and students diagnosed with ADD and ADHD who attended public and private high schools. Additionally, she tutored elementary and middle school students across the South Bay who needed additional support with the Common Core State Standards. Evelyn currently teaches language arts at the high school level. In her downtime, she enjoys reading as many contemporary novels as she can, listening to music and spending time with her closest friends.
Kendyl currently teaches 7th grade Mathematics at Martin Murphy Middle School. During her undergraduate education at Santa Clara University, she pursued her passions by earning a BS in Mathematics and a BA in theatre arts with a dance emphasis, and she has earned her Master’s in Education through Grand Canyon University. Kendyl developed a passion for teaching early on and began teaching ballet as a high school student. Shortly after graduating from Santa Clara University, Kendyl received her yoga certification and began teaching yoga as well as ballet. Before working for Martin Murphy Middle School, Kendyl substitute taught for San Jose Unified School District teaching students from kindergarten up through twelfth grade. She enjoys teaching in a variety of avenues and is enthusiastic and excited to be a part of the Silver Creek Academy team.
Amanda Watson graduated with Cum Laude Honors from San Jose State University in 2003 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in communication studies. She knew teaching was her calling ever since she was a child and would dress as a teacher for Halloween. She worked in customer service and accounting positions before returning to school to reach her goal of being a classroom teacher. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2007 from SJSU and began teaching in Santa Clara Unified School District. She has been trained extensively in Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop. She has taught second and fourth grade as well as headed up several before and after school intervention programs for struggling readers.
Lori Gaspar is a product of the Evergreen Elementary School District and East Side Union High School District. While raising a family, Lori attended and graduated from both Evergreen Community College and San Jose State University, and went back to SJSU to earn her multiple subjects credential. She has worked as a short and long-term sub for four years, and is currently a sixth grade teacher in the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District. Her experience also includes volunteer teaching, guest teaching, and managing youth in the workplace. She truly enjoys her profession and working with Silver Creek Academy students.
Jenna Glover graduated Summa Cum Laude from San José State University with a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration. Before that she attended West Valley College, earning three A.A. degrees in Communication Studies, Liberal Arts, and English. During her undergraduate years, Jenna was an English coach and student instructional assistant, tutoring college students of various ages and majors in writing. In her spare time she enjoys reading from a multitude of genres and working on her own writing projects. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Fiction.
Ms. Emily Maxwell was born and raised in San Jose and graduated with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University. She obtained her teaching credential in 2015, and she is currently enrolled in the San Jose State combined Multiple Subject Credential and Masters program. Emily recently taught the Habits of Mind program at Laurelwood Elementary where she worked with classes from Kindergarten to 6th grade on character building lessons. Before teaching in the classroom setting she worked as a substitute teacher in Evergreen School District. She enjoys working with students of all ages and enjoys being a part of the Silver Creek Team.
Ms. Jennifer Zhang has a passion for teaching from a young age. She began tutoring at the age of 14 at Lynbrook High. Ms. Jennifer graduated from Holy Names University with her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She attained her degree in just three and a half years. Ms. Jennifer has been an elementary school tutor for over 10 years. She loves working with children of all ages and enjoys interacting in small groups. Ms. Jennifer will be starting a new life with her husband and pet dog in Morgan Hill! Ms. Jennifer loves being a part of the Silver Creek Academy Team!
Daniel is excited to be joining the Silver Creek Academy team. He recently obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton and is currently enrolled in the MA/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program at San Jose State University. Daniel has enjoyed working as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Having a background in theatre/television/film, he is passionate about incorporating the arts into education and promoting creative thinking in the classroom.
Reem Coniglio moved to the San Jose area from Chicago, Illinois over ten years ago and has loved it here ever since. She has been employed with San Jose Unified School District for the past nine years as an Instructional Associate for children with special needs and currently as a Resource Specialist Assistant for elementary grade levels. She is married with three children and enjoys walking, cooking and spending time with her family.
Reem Coniglio, Office Assistant
Annette Mezzina is originally from Santa Cruz and moved to San Jose over 20 years ago where she started her family. She has three children, all of whom have graduated from high school. Annette has been a part of the SCA team since 2013, and loves working with all the wonderful families here! In her spare time, Annette enjoys teaching spin classes.
Annette Mezzina, Office Manager