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My name is Maria
Villanueva and I am a teacher at Merced Scholars Charter School. I received my
Bachelors of Art Degree from California State University, Stanislaus, in May
2003. I currently hold a Multiple Subject/BCLAD (Spanish) Credential.
I joined the Merced Scholars Charter School staff, as a Personalized
Teacher, in 2005. Since then I have found home schooling highly rewarding.
I enjoy working at Merced Scholars because the parents in collaboration with
the students and staff make learning a positive experience. I aim to inspire
students to develop an appreciation for math and approach it with a positive
Hi, I’m Mrs. Miller. I've
been around educators my whole life. Teaching goes back three generations in my
family, so even though I fought hard to do something different with my life, in
the end, I'm proud to say that I have continued the family tradition.
I graduated from Fresno
State with my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. After several years in the social
work field, I decided to go back to school to obtain my teaching credential at
Chapman University. Since obtaining my credential, I have been a substitute
teacher, Reading Clinician, and classroom teacher. I joined the staff at Merced
Scholars Charter School in the 2006-2007 school year as a Personalized Learning
Teacher. I have completed the Verification Process in Special Settings (VPSS)
in Math, English, Social Studies and Science. These classes provided me the
content knowledge to better serve my students.
My favorite part about
working here at MSCS is getting to know my students in a more in-depth manner.
My aim is to continue to learn about technological advancements from our
students so that I am better able to work and communicate with them.
Hi, my name is Kristyn Lopez.
I have been teaching at Merced Scholars Charter School (MSCS) since it opened
in 2004. I hold a degree in science from California State University, Fresno
and a teaching credential from Chapman University. I have worked for Merced
County Office of Education (MCOE) since August of 1997 in the home school
field, and taught in the regular high school setting preceding my employment at
MCOE. I currently hold a CLAD Credential, and a HOUSSE credential in all
I enjoy working with MSCS
home school families and meeting the challenges of the ever-changing role of
alternative education in order to meet the needs of the individual student. My
plans are to continue to nurture and instill motivation in our students in
their future endeavors.
Hello, I’m Pamela Simmons!
I graduated from CSU
Stanislaus with a Bachelors in Social Sciences, and a Masters in Public Administration.
I received my teaching credential from National University. I joined Merced
scholars in the 16-17 school year, after working with at risk kids for 19 years
I really enjoy the
one-on-one time I get to spend with my students. I want to develop school
curriculum that is project based and meets my students diverse modalities of
My name is Christy Tatum and
I am a teacher at Merced Scholars Charter School. I received my Bachelors of
Art Degree from California State University, Stanislaus, in May 2001. I
currently hold a Multiple Subject/CLAD Credential. I have authorizations to teach math and
science, and really enjoy exploring new technology to assist students with
Welcome to Merced Scholars
Charter School. I am Mrs. Dal Porto. My connection with the school began as a
parent in 2014. I joined the school as a teacher in 2015. I have earned a
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 2005, as well as a Multiple Subject credential
from Fresno State University in 2009. Also, I received a mild/moderate special
education teaching credential in 2015. I began working for MCOE in 2003 as a teacher’s
The thing I love the most
about working here is getting to know the students and developing
relationships. My future goal is to help facilitate and integrate online
learning opportunities for our students.
Hi, I‘m Mrs. Woody!I have
worked for Merced County Office of Education for various programs under the
Career and Alternative Education Department since 1999 and teaching since 2004.
I have a Clear Vocational Education Single Subject Credential – Office
Occupations & Computer Applications. I teach Computer Applications,
Computer Literacy, Computer Programming/ Robotics, Web Technologies, and Early
Programming at Merced Scholars Charter School. I graduated from Merced High
School and have attended Merced and Stanislaus Colleges. The 2011 school year
was my first full year at MSCS and it was quite a rewarding experience.
I enjoy having the
opportunity to provide students with computer skills that will enable them to
survive in today’s ever-changing technology driven society. Students need to be
able to do more than “text” on a cell phone or post to social network sites
such as Facebook. I hope to inspire them to go beyond learning the basics and
not be afraid to try new things. Having computer skills is not only necessary
but is a powerful tool that can open doors and provide unlimited resources for
learning. I hope to inspire and encourage students to use our technology
programs to expand their horizons in the coming years.
Hello, my name is Elaine
Post and I teach Business and Marketing. I have a BA in Business Administration
and single subject teaching credentials in Marketing and Business. I started my
career as a news journalist and editor. I then spent years as a Public Information
Officer which then turned into my becoming a Redevelopment Manager and later
Director. In these positions I learned about or assisted others in business and
I traveled the United States marketing our community with hopes of
attracting businesses and representing or lobbying our efforts in Washington
D.C. in hopes of bringing funding to our area. One thing I learned through
those years is our children are our future. I wanted to make a difference in a
classroom environment helping our youth learn to become motivated to enter the
workforce on career paths that made sense for them personally.
I joined the
team at Merced Scholars Charter School because they too embrace the idea that
each child learns differently and teaching to those differences will help the
student become the best they can be upon graduation. We use a lot of tools in
my classroom, laser cutters, 3D printers, CnC machines, t-shirt presses, all
designed to help students not only connect the dots with Business and Marketing
concepts, but to learn work ethic, patience, problem solving and creativity. I
strongly believe this campus does all it can to provide this unique experience
to our youth and I am honored to be a part of this team.
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