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. 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.
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 six 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 5 years. Bobbi is currently earning her masters in Curriculum and Development, from the University of Scranton.
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!
Jacquelyn 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 26 and a son who is 18. She enjoys teaching, reading, science and history. Jacquelyn is very excited to be working with your children. 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 her wealth of experience to Silver Creek Academy.
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.
As a graduate of the University of Georgia, Jayne earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Education, with a minor in Literacy. She has over 20 years experience working with innovative school systems, teaching both elementary and middle school students in the classroom, in after-school programs, and private tutoring.
Jayne loves to ignite her passion for life-long learning and reading by instilling in students an open mind to new ideas. She believes in investing in the future, giving students opportunities and teaching strategies for them to use to meet challenges and explore the multitude of prospects before them.
Jayne is a wife and mother of two college age sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the community, reading, hiking and exploring the world around her.
Julia Greer graduated from San Jose State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Elementary Education. She was a member of the San Jose State gymnastics team where she was team captain and learned valuable life lessons about leading and helping others. Julia has over five years experience in elementary school classrooms. She has also taught struggling elementary school students in reading comprehension in an after school program. Her passion for teaching came about when she was younger when helping her mother teach art lessons in elementary schools. Julia is passionate about teaching children, and is going back to school to earn her Masters in Education from San Jose State in the fall.
Karly Perry is a Cincinnati, Ohio native who just recently moved to the area. She is now teaching second grade at Booksin Elementary. Karly went to the University of Alabama for her undergraduate degree and graduated with Cum Laude Honors. She studied Early Childhood Special Education as well as Early Childhood Education. With this duel degree she is certified to teach children with mild to severe disabilities as well as in the general education classrooms. Prior to moving to California, she was teaching in a first grade inclusive classroom where half of her students had special needs and half of the students did not, giving her experience with an extreme variety of abilities. At a young age Karly had several experiences that give her a different worldview and made her uniquely suited to be in the classroom. Karly lived overseas in Seoul, South Korea and Kobe, Japan for a total of six years. At a young age she learned about standing out in very different cultures and really understood how challenging that can be. Karly can empathize with anyone who feels different. When Karly was six years old (still living overseas), she was diagnosed with kidney cancer and spent six months undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy while managing to only miss a few weeks of school! She unfortunately saw firsthand how precious life is. She grew up fast and really understood why today is called the present. Karly also realized that every challenge we face makes up the fabric of our life, shapes us into who we are and ultimately becomes a blessing to us all. Karly is extremely excited to be part of the team at Silver Creek Academy and start making a difference in the lives’ of the children she works with.
Danielle Rubino was born and raised in San Jose and graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in preparation for teaching. During the 2014-2015 academic school year Danielle was recognized with the Dean’s Scholar award. She’s continuing her education at San Jose State University by attending the combined Multiple Subject Credential and MA program this fall. While working towards her BA Danielle volunteered in a San Jose public school as a teacher’s aid in a first grade classroom. She also volunteered for Reading Partners tutoring first and second grade students, and for Kid’s Club, a community outreach program, where she lead a small group of students in various activities. Danielle has been working with elementary to 9th grade learners in all academic subjects for 7 years and is pursuing a career in education. She has a passion for working with children and wants to make a positive impact on the young minds of future generations by bringing an approach to teaching that is multifaceted and flexible so all students may reach their full potential.
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 Dance. Kendyl is currently earning 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.
Patty is an alumni of San Jose State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Child Development. She currently holds a teaching credential and is pursuing her Multiple Subject Credential and Masters in Education: Curriculum & Instruction at San Jose State University. Prior to working at Silver Creek Academy, Patty has worked as an after-school and substitute teacher at a private school in Santa Clara. She has also been a tutor for five years, and has volunteered in various elementary schools as well as occupational therapy clinics. Aside from her passions in the educational field, Patty enjoys traveling, practicing Yoga, and cooking. She can speak three dialects of Chinese: Cantonese, Hokkienese, and some Mandarin. Patty enjoys being part of the SCA family, and working cohesively with the staff, students, and parents to continue to provide the students with an outstanding educational experience.
Cathie is an alumni at San Jose State University and graduated with a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. She currently holds a teaching credential and is pursuing a Masters in Education: Curriculum & Instruction. She will graduate with her masters in December 2017. Prior to joining the Silver Creek Academy family, Cathie worked at a private school as an after school teacher, as well as a teachers assistant. She also worked as a respite counselor at a summer camp for children and adults with special needs. For as long as she could remember, she has always had a passion for working with children.
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, currently, she is 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. Madison Gates was born and raised in Southern California. At a young age, her love of helping others morphed into a love for education. She is currently a student at San Jose State University and majoring in liberal studies with an emphasis in preparation for teaching elementary education. She will continue to obtain her multiple subject credential and master degree at San Jose State University. Ms. Madison has worked in elementary schools, which allowed her to gain experience with children. Ms. Madison is excited to be a part of the Silver Creek Academy Team!
Mrs. Ortiz has her Administrative Services Credential and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject CLAD Teaching Credential, and Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Education from Santa Clara University. She has fifteen years of experience in the Evergreen School District as an elementary classroom teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), ELD Coach, Coordinator of Teacher Support Programs, and an Assistant Principal at the middle school level. As a result of these positions, she has obtained many opportunities to develop as an instructional leader. Her greatest strengths include: engaging audiences in teacher professional development, curriculum design and improvement, knowledge of 21st Century skills for teaching and learning, and seeking professional growth opportunities. When she is not working with students or the community, she loves spending time with family.
Ms. Leigh Culkin currently teaches 8th grade mathematics at Martin Murphy Middle School. From childhood, Leigh has always had a passion for teaching and helping others. Leigh attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where she studied elementary education and mathematics. During the summer, while she attended college, Leigh began working at educational science camps as a way to help gain experience. Leigh received her first teaching position offer at a private school in San Jose, which prompted her to move from Maine to California in 2012. She has just completed her 5th year of teaching and is as enthusiastic about her future as ever and the opportunity at the Silver Creek Academy community.
Samantha Rubino is a San Jose native who has been an educator and performer in the Bay Area for nearly eight years. She has a B.M. in music performance from San Jose State University and is obtaining her multiple subject credential at SJSU. She has taught in San Jose public schools leading small groups of elementary students both in academics and performing arts as a teacher. For Kid’s Club, a community outreach program, she leads small groups of students in various learning activities. Samantha is looking forward to working with the students at Silver Creek Academy.
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 eight 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