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Ms. Albergotti -- Social Studies
Understanding the past and the reasoning for people's actions throughout history are a couple of reasons why I chose to study and teach history. I earned my B.A. in both history and classical studies from UC Santa Cruz and my Master's in teaching with my teaching credential from USC. My first two years of teaching took place in South Korea followed by three years teaching in California's North Bay and Central Valley. I have taught from pre-K to adults, but my favorite level is middle school. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading and studying languages.
Mrs. Chin -- Science
Despite being a San Jose native, I have spent many years teaching overseas. I have experience in various curriculum from different countries including the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. I have a BS in Genetics and Plant Biology from UC Berkeley, MS in Education from National University and both Multiple Subject and Single Subject credentials. My specialization is in Biology. I am a strong advocate for use of technology as a learning tool in education and teaching students to become proactive, independent learners who think critically, socially, environmentally and globally. I am a family oriented person, so I spend much of my free time with my family attending swimming or Cub Scout events, catching a movie or even a Pokemon. I also enjoy a really great story whether it's on TV, a movie or in a book!
Ms. Edwards-Wright -- English Language Arts
In 2016, I took a leap of faith and joined the AdVenture STEM team after 14 years of being a high school administrator. I became a director working at a district office before I realized how much I missed working in a learning environment. My last job as a director was rolling out STEAM Academies to middle school students during the summer. AdVenture STEM found me as I was looking for the ideal place to return to teaching and learning. Ironically, I started my teaching career at Santa Teresa High School, right around the corner. I taught for 7 years in Santa Teresa’s Business Magnet before I was recruited to open Evergreen Valley High School. I have extensive experience working in industry, most recently as a teaching fellow for Device Quality at Amazon Lab126 and as a workforce development grant writer for Transmosis, a cybersecurity team. At home, I have three teenagers who keep me busy. I’m teaching the oldest one to drive, monitoring the middle one’s use of technology, and helping the youngest one become fluent in English. All three of my children were adopted from other countries, the two older ones from Guatemala and the youngest one from Sri Lanka. We all live with my husband, a chef from Sri Lanka, and his nephew, an engineering student at SJSU.
Ms. Garcia -- Science
Originally from Mexico City, I hold a BS in Biochemistry and a specialty in Biopharmaceutical Science From ULSA in Mexico. When I decided to become a teacher in 2008, I completed the SJSU teacher credentialing program. I am a founding AdVENTURE teacher, a Google Certified Educator, an Edmodo Luminary and Ambassador and a KQED Ambassador. You could say I love my tech! I am a firm believer that Science education provides a strong foundation for students to develop the skills they will need to succeed in college and career. Students are intrinsically curious. Science feeds that curiosity and the desire to learn about the world helps bridge the gap between the classroom and the real-world. I teach to empower students to become creators of knowledge. I am also always looking for new ways to teach and make my content fun and exciting to the students. This spirit of improvement has provided me several very rewarding personal achievements as a published curriculum author for BetterLesson.com, NEA Master Teacher Mentor, PBS Digital Literacy Certified Educator, 2013 Globaloria Teacher of the Year, and 2014 SCCOE/TI STEM Teacher of the Year. When I am not teaching or planning lessons for my students I like to spend time with my children, often playing board games or finding new Pokemon to add to our collections. I also enjoy reading, knitting and cooking.
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Mrs. Hogen-Esch -- Math
I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and continued on to San Jose State University to obtain my Teaching Credential. Being at a Polytechnic University allowed me to learn about a variety of educational technologies as well as some basic coding. While obtaining my teaching credential, I was able to complete a teaching externship at Colegio Colonial Bilingue in Antigua, Guatemala. The experience helped me to understand the perspectives of second language learners in a deeper way, as my understanding of Spanish is intermediate at best.
My teaching experience includes working with students of various ages, from 1 year olds to 14 years old. I have always enjoyed working with children and watching them grow and discover their place in the world, during whatever stage of life they may be in. Exploration, discovery and making sense of WHY are important factors in learning any discipline, but is especially true with mathematics. In my classroom I incorporate various teaching methods to help build not just an understanding of the content, but a curiosity to discover even more.
Professionally I have completed the Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence (FAME), am a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), as well as the California Math Council (CMC). In 2019, I was graciously awarded the Oak Grove School District’s Vision Award for Quality Instruction. The combination of technology, project based learning, and hands on explorations that AdVENTURE provides to its students aligns with my own teaching style and philosophies, and I am thrilled to be a part of a great learning community.
Mr. Marcoida -- 6th Grade Core
Mr. Marcoida began his career working with children at 15 years old, working for the City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, he was continuing with his pursuit of becoming a Recreation Specialist. He dreamed of having the ability to provide great community programs for youth at any Community Center that would have him. However, the opportunity to move into teaching presented itself, and a career path was altered. Mr. Marcoida enters his 21st year of teaching feeling like a new teacher once again. He has taught pretty much every grade, from as low as TK to as high as credit recovery for young adults 18+. He enjoys his family of five, with children ages 10, 17, and 23. He is very excited to start his new adventure with AdVENTURE!
Ms. McMillan--Social Studies
Originally from Illinois, I’ve worked in a variety of teaching roles before earning my teaching credential at San Jose State University. I’ve been with AdVENTURE since almost the beginning (started the second year of the program) and received my MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University at Irvine. My strengths include integrating technology and developing social studies curriculum that emphasizes design thinking, global education and student activism. I am proud of my 2016 Texas Instruments STEM Teacher of the Year award and that I’ve raised over $5,000 in grant money for my classroom and continuing professional development. Outside of work, I spend time being active outside, exploring the Bay Area, and traveling.
Mrs. Zaccheo -- 5th Grade Core
Twenty years ago I started my career as an educator in an Aboriginal community on an island off the coast of Australia, my home country. I have come a long way since then, both in location and education. I have been extremely fortunate to be part of some incredible educational experiences, from a one-school school district in Cupertino, to the Adventure program in Oak Grove. Along the way I’ve taught hundreds of students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Early in my career I was focused on early literacy and earned my Master’s Degree in Education as well as my Reading Specialist Credential. After that I pursued an interest in Math and became part of the Adventure team as the 5th-8th Grade Math teacher. Now I find myself in a very happy place as the 5th Grade Core and 6th grade Elective teacher here at Adventure! When I’m not at school, you can find me immersed in a novel, traveling the world, watching my kids play sports, or camping & backpacking with my family.