Ms. Van de Merghel has been teaching in Santa Ana since 2004. She loves reading, teaching, and learning. She has taught first grade as well as grades four through nine in both Catholic and public schools in Santa Ana. She was chosen as the SAUSD Intermediate District-Wide Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015. She has a Multiple Subject Credential (to teach elementary school) as well as a Single Subject Credential in English (to teach through high school). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and a Master of Science degree in Education focusing on Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Staff Development. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis in Mind, Brain, and Teaching through Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Van de Merghel is thrilled to be part of the MacArthur family!