Science and Math Teacher –Mr. Yoo Jin Nam
Mr. Nam graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science from UC Irvine. Having earned his teaching credential from UCLA, he has been a highly skilled science and math teacher for over ten years. Mr. Nam started his teaching career as a Fulbright Fellow working at an all-boys middle school in Naju, South Korea. After returning to the United States, he spent time teaching through Teach for America at an inner city school in Los Angeles. Following this transformative experience, he continued his teaching career at public and private preparatory academies . Included among the courses Mr. Nam has taught are Honors courses, Korean Language, ESL, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Algebra II, SAT, Pre-Cal, Anatomy and Physiology, to name a few.
Mr. Nam comes to Mount Bell Academy with a wonderful array of experiences to draw from. He brings with him the insight learned from teaching both middle school and high school students of various socio-economic backgrounds. From inner-city students to private school students to international students, Mr. Nam has gained the full range of teaching experiences and strategies needed to ensure student success, regardless of background and situation.
In addition to classroom teaching, he has experience coaching JV Tennis, running a CS Coding Club, coaching students participating in the Youth Diplomacy Program at the US Embassy, tutoring multiple subjects and age groups, and creating a technology based classroom.
Mr. Nam enjoys designing inquiry-driven, project based lessons and student centered projects that engage students in learning
“Ultimately, my goal as a teacher is to plan and execute engaging lessons, develop positive relationship with students, and help students achieve their academic goals.”
In addition to teaching, Mr. Nam is pursuing a Masters in Counseling Therapy at Santa Clara University so that he can be a mental health resource. He also volunteers at his Church and has been a Youth Minister for many years. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, tennis, and watching movies.
History and P.E. Teacher –Mr. Conrad Nievera
Conrad Nievera was raised in the Bay Area . He graduated from San Jose State University in 2008 with a major in History and a minor in Political Science. He is currently completing his Master of Education. He brings to the classroom 7 years of experience including that as Head Teacher of Dynasty Academy’s afterschool program. Mr. Nievera’s passion is teaching! In his spare time, he even teaches an ESL program helping others successfully learn the English language.
Mr. Nievera’s educational philosophy is the belief that it is more important to teach students how to think than what to think. “Rather, students should be engaged with alternative viewpoints that challenge existing assumptions and encourage critical thinking. My goals are to help students think independently and to train them to express their ideas clearly and prepare for a future of challenges”.
Mr. Nievera’s other occupation is that of a Sports Enthusiast! He was himself a USTA tournament competitor and has since coached tennis, baseball, basketball, and even ping pong. He believes education must remain a priority for all students, but physical activity is also an essential part of their lives. He plans to share his knowledge of sports and influence his students to take care of their health and promote physical activities and sportsmanship.
“I feel truly blessed to be able to join Mount Bell Academy. I am so excited about being part of this prestigious school program and I look forward to meeting all of you! I have taught many caring, smart, and talented students. Each and every one has enriched my life.”
Ms. Branka Marcelic –English Teacher
Ms. Marcelic has been an educator for over 20 years! She has worked for the San Jose Unified, Santa Clara Unified, Moreland, and Campbell Unified School Districts. In addition, she has considerable experience as an English tutor, teaching individuals and small groups, and preparing learners for the TOEFL, SLEP, PSAT/ SAT and CAHSEE exams. She has had the pleasure of working with students from kindergarten through twelfth grade who possess a broad range of English language proficiency.
Ms. Marcelic believes in making learning inviting and accessible to everyone. She has a passion for literature and writing and her enthusiasm is contagious. Students will find her classroom to be a dynamic place of scholarship where students are engaged and empowered .
In Ms. Marcelic’s classroom interaction and participation are highly valued. “Interaction, whether with a text or each other, leads to learning. Knowing how to read and write critically is not only a school skill, but a life-long necessity. No matter how sophisticated our technology, we need to be able to express ourselves well and judiciously evaluate the information we are inundated with daily. Perhaps these valuable abilities are needed now more than ever before.”
Mount Bell is excited to bring Ms. Marcelic’s engaging and interactive teaching style to our students. Students fortunate enough to attend Ms. Marcelic’s classes will develop a strong foundation of English and critical thinking that will guide them through their daily lives and prepare them for success in a world where a mastery of reading, wiring and communication is essential in pursuing any future business or course of study.