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 26 years. Currently Bobbi teaches 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 seven 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. 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.
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. She is passionate about fitness and nutrition, and is striving to be her best self. Ms. Jennifer loves being a part of the Silver Creek Academy Team!
Paige was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, and received her BA in Psychology from University of Santa Cruz, California. After graduation, she spent a year being a substitute in the Pajaro Valley School District, gaining teaching experience from kindergarten through high school. After realizing she loved the elementary level, she applied and was accepted into the teaching credential program at San Jose State. Paige has taught first grade in the Oak Grove School District for the past five years and is currently teaching third grade. She received the Exemplary Teacher award in the fall of 2018. She loves helping students reach that light bulb moment! From book clubs, to google classroom, to playing unique games for PE, she loves the world of elementary teaching!
Katelyn Delapaz graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Liberal Studies. She is dedicated to providing students with an education to thrive in a diverse society. Katelyn was born and raised in the Evergreen area and she looks forward to giving back to her community. She is currently pursuing her Multiple Subject Credential and Master of Arts in Education from San Jose State University and working as a substitute in the San Jose area. Ms. Delapaz is looking forward to working with the young scholars of Silver Creek Academy.
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 holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She also teaches in the Evergreen School District. While working towards her BA, Danielle volunteered in a San Jose public school as a teacher’s aide in a first grade classroom, for Reading Partners tutoring first and second grade students, and 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 seven years and currently teaches. 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.
Kelsey graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in child development, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Kelsey grew up wanting to help children in some capacity and discovered her love of teaching while volunteering in an elementary school. Kelsey is currently finishing her fourth year as a third and fourth grade combination teacher at Robert Sanders Elementary. This past summer, Kelsey attended the AVID Summer Institute, where she expanded on her skills to help prepare her students for success. During her spare time, Kelsey enjoys reading, running, pilates and planning creative projects for her class. Kelsey enjoys being a part the Silver Creek Academy team!
Ms. Jenna Glover was born and raised in the Bay Area and 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, Ms. 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, working towards publication for her short stories, and outlining her fifth novel. In her spare time, Ms. Jenna enjoys reading from a multitude of genres, knitting creations for her friends and family. Ms. Jenna is excited to be a part of the Silver Creek Academy Team!
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