Then and Now: Sheila Billy

Then and Now: Sheila Billy

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2018


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English teacher Sheila Billy, a new addition to the staff, taught at Miramonte High School prior and has been teaching for a total of 22 years. In an interview, Billy shares her past and current experiences in the realm of working with students. Where did you work prior to receiving this job? “Before co...

Delving Into the World of Science and Anime

Delving Into the World of Science and Anime

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2018


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His eyes dart around behind his black-rimmed glasses, with his dark hair pulled back in a bun. Reo Sato sits on the four-legged stool in front of his chemistry class, sharing his knowledge of the subject with his students. Little do they know that he was almost five years old when he moved from Japa...

From Training Dogs to Teaching Students

From Training Dogs to Teaching Students

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 18, 2018


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When Aislinn Reid received a job offer as a world geography teacher at UPA, she decided to leave behind her border collies — Skye and Ayr — at her home in Long Beach. She recently moved into a room in Campbell to begin her teaching career here.   Reid had applied to 52 jobs located as far as the Oregon border ...

Spicing Up the Spanish Department

Spicing Up the Spanish Department

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 17, 2017


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Aimee Verapinto, one of UPA’s new Spanish teachers, teaches Spanish 2 and Spanish Immersion. Although she grew up in the Bay Area, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she obtained her master’s degree at Santa Clara Univ...

Looking Through the Lens as a Teacher

Looking Through the Lens as a Teacher

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 17, 2017


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Vaishali Patil, a new addition to UPA’s science department, teaches biology and life science. She has a master’s degree in science and a bachelor's in education, both from universities in India. She immigrated from India in 1999 and took additional courses in the United States req...

One Serve + One Pass + One Spike = One Point

One Serve + One Pass + One Spike = One Point

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2017


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After spending the 2016-17 school year coaching middle school girls and boys volleyball, Esther Chen joins UPA this year as a Math 8 and Integrated Math 3 teacher. Teaching Experience Prior to teaching at UPA, Chen taught at Brownell Middle School in Gilroy for one year. ​ She received...

“Enseñar Literatura es Mi Pasión”

“Enseñar Literatura es Mi Pasión”

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 13, 2017


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Nicolas Mendoza, a new Spanish teacher, teaches one English Language Development (ELD) class and four Spanish 3 classes. He attended San Jose State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and he cleared his credential at the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland.​Outs...

Filming the Start of a New Experience

Filming the Start of a New Experience

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 10, 2017


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The definition of art is fluid, ever changing and personal. Literature, music, paintings and sculptures have always been considered art, but as times change and technology becomes more sophisticated, new methods of art are popping up. UPA’s new multimedia class reflects that, with a curr...

Science, Tech, Engineering and Magic

Science, Tech, Engineering and Magic

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2017


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Alan Kahn, a new addition to the faculty, teaches eighth grade physical science and also Gateway to Technology. Kahn majored in public relations and minored in marketing at San Jose State University, graduating in the 1980s. He returned to SJSU 10 years ago to receive a multi-subject te...

Another Golden Eagle Leaves Nest

Another Golden Eagle Leaves Nest

Emily Calderon

December 12, 2016


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She is the reason muffins and Arizona teas were added to UPA’s Energy Bar menu this year. She is the new teacher in charge of yearbook. She attended UPA as a student, started working at UPA as a supervisor last year, and her name is Linda Luna. Q: Why did you decide to attend UPA as a student? A: My mom worke...

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