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.
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 educator for over thirty years. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Spellman College, Jacquelyn started her teaching career. Additionally, Jacquelyn received her teaching credential from NHU, and has also received her Doctorate in Metaphysical Sciences. She went on to receive her Site Supervisor and Program Director Permits and then directed various child development programs. Jacquelyn’s belief is that it takes a village to raise a child and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the children’s eyes light up when they learn something new. Jacquelyn brings to Silver Creek Academy her wealth of experience and is very excited to be working with your children here at 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.
Kendyl Young 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.
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 McDonald is dedicated to promoting social-emotional development within the core academic subject areas. He recently obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton. Currently, he is enrolled in the MA/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential/Intern Pathway 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 encouraging creative thinking in the classroom. Daniel is excited to join the Silver Creek Academy team!
Jana Coyle was born and raised in San Jose, where she achieved a B.A. in Communication Studies and was awarded for academic excellence at San Jose State University. During this time, she was employed as a personal tutor for a college student, helping him increase and maintain a high GPA. Upon graduation, Jana obtained her TESOL/TEFL certification and taught English at an elementary school in Seoul, South Korea. Since arriving back in America, she has substitute taught in 4 school districts in grade levels ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade. She has found great reward in helping children learn and guiding them through challenges, and is currently back at SJSU working toward her MA/teaching credential. Jana is enjoying tutoring and substitute teaching while continuing on the path of education.
Laura received her Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2017. She is currently enrolled in San Jose States Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters in Education program. Laura has been involved with teaching since starting high school, when she began working at a science summer camp. Since then, she has helped teach in several classrooms, including in Campbell Unified School District, and taught a variety of educational field trips. Laura is very passionate about helping students develop social emotional and academic skills to help them become life long learners. Laura is excited to be a part of Silver Creek Academy!
Carson is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She obtained her Communications degree there and is now working towards her credential and masters degree at San Jose State. Carson is passionate about connecting with kids and making fun and laughter a part of the learning environment. Her previous experiences as a behavior rehabilitation specialist at an adoption agency as well as a substitute teacher have granted her many opportunities to work with students in several different arenas. She is thrilled to invest her time and effort into helping students thrive at Silver Creek Academy.
Shannon Prager grew up in San Diego and received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mathematics in 2011 and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics in 2012 from the University of Redlands. She worked as a substitute teacher in the San Diego Unified School District and was a private tutor before moving up to the Bay Area to teach full-time in 2013. Shannon has taught at Pioneer High School for the past two years and worked at Downtown College Prep and Pittsburg High School prior to that. She enjoys helping students realize their full potential in math and is excited to be a part of the Silver Creek Academy Team!
San Jose native, Alice Adams, is an experienced teacher, currently working in the Evergreen Elementary School District. She graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in Writing, holds a California Multiple-Subject Credential, and has completed graduate coursework for a Single Subject Credential in English Language Arts. Working with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through Middle School, she shares her passion for great books and powerful writing, while promoting curiosity and investigation. Building upon students’ strengths and interests, Ms. Adams engages all types of learners in setting academic and personal goals and working persistently toward them. To meet the individual needs of each student, she provides necessary scaffolds to make content accessible to all, providing a pathway to achievement and growth for students from all backgrounds.
Rishika Kenkre was born and raised in San Jose. She achieved a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to working at Silver Creek Academy, Rishika used her love for writing as a staff writer for The Bottom Line Newspaper and Daily Nexus. However, Rishika finds working with children most rewarding. She loves helping children understand complex concepts and assisting them through academic challenges. Rishika is excited to be a part of Silver Creek Academy and looks forward to working with the students
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. 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 eight years. 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.
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 and a beautiful grand daughter who brings joy to her world everyday! 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
Reem Coniglio moved to the San Jose area from Chicago, Illinois over twelve years ago and has loved it here ever since. She has been employed with San Jose Unified School District for the past ten 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, music and spending time with her family and friends.
Reem Coniglio, Office Assistant