Spicing Up the Spanish Department

Spanish teacher Aimee Verapinto graduating from her Master's program at Santa Clara University. She is standing with her two children, Matias (left) and Savanna (right), and holding her nephew, Gabriel. 

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 17, 2017

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

Science teacher Vaishali Patil at Bay Point celebrating New Years with her friends and family in December 2016. 

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 17, 2017

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

Math teacher Esther Chen in Amsterdam enjoying a vacation.

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2017

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”

In September, Spanish teacher Nicolas Mendoza traveled to Puerto Rico to be a part of a humanitarian project. 

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 13, 2017

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

Multimedia arts teacher Zachery James (right) and his girlfriend (left) with Lulu and Avie, their identical twin daughters born on Sept. 27.

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 10, 2017

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

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2017

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

Linda Luna could be found working in the Snack Shack during middle and high school lunch.

Emily Calderon

December 12, 2016

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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