Merced County Office of Education

Our Teachers

Our Caring and Committed Teachers


Anna 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.

I currently teach the Leadership Class and am also the advisor for the Antlers Club.

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​Kristyn Lopez

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 the past thirteen years for Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) in the home school field and taught in the regular high school setting preceding my employment at MCOE.


​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. ​ ​

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Maria Villanueva

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. The parents in collaboration with the students and staff at the charter school make learning a positive experience. ​ ​

Mark Pintor

I have been a teacher in alternative education for over 10 years. In October of 2012, I became the Vice Principal/Teacher for Merced Scholars Charter School. I received my Bachelors degree in Economics from UCLA in 1994. After working in private industry for 8 years, I decided to move back home to Merced and become a teacher. I currently possess my single subject credential in Foundational-Level Mathematics. 

​I believe that all students are capable of learning and should learn in a way that works best for them.  I am a firm believer in the use of technology in instruction, learning, and everyday activities. As the educator, I am here to help students understand and adapt to their individual learning styles in order to ensure their success.

I am very excited to be a part of the staff at Merced Scholars Charter School. The opportunity to work with parents and students on an individual basis is a unique and rewarding experience. The environment at MSCS is one of collaboration and respect between staff, parents and students; creating an educational atmosphere that is truly one of a kind.

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​Debbie Woody

I have been with the Merced County Office of Education's Career & Alternative Education department for 13 years and teaching for the last 7 years. I have a Clear Vocational Education Single Subject Credential – Office Occupations & Computer Applications.  I teach Computer Applications, Computer Literacy, and the Senior Portfolio Workshops. Last year was my first full year at MSCS and it was quite a rewarding experience.  I am beginning my second year with MSCS and am looking forward to another great year.