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Start: May 23, 2022 8:30 AM End: May 26, 2022 12:00 PM

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April Merlino

April Merlino

Dean of Women; U.S. & AP U.S. History Teacher

About Me

I am a self-proclaimed history nerd who is passionate about teaching history to students! As a young child, I knew I was born to teach, but it wasn't until my sophomore history teacher brought the subject to life to me that it inspired me to pursue a career teaching history. Upon graduating cum laude from UC Berkeley, I started my career in education teaching US history and AP US history at Berean. After giving birth to my daughter, I stepped out of the classroom for a time and started a private tutoring business in the Lamorinda area. During the past few years, I have provided one-on-one education to countless students, teaching US History, AP US History, AP European History, AP World history, and writing skills. When I left Berean in 2010 I left a little piece of my heart here; I am thrilled to be back to continue my ministry! I look forward to giving students a better understanding of the past so they are able to see God's sovereign hand directing world events and so they are better equipped as world citizens to make godly decisions in the future. I consider it a privilege to teach and build a relationship with your student during their time at Berean.

I married my high school sweetheart 12 years ago and since then we've been given the privilege of raising two incredible, beautiful, crazy kids. Outside of school, I enjoy perusing used book stores and scouting out new eateries and coffee shops in the Bay Area. My husband and I have also devoted Bay Area sports fans and throughout the year can be found enthusiastically cheering on our teams.


B.A. History, Emphasis in Modern Europe - University of California, Berkeley


ACSI Temporary Credential


Period 1: Dean of Women

Period 2: Dean of Women

Period 3: Dean of Women

Period 4: Dean of Women

Period 5: United States History

Period 6: Dean of Women

Period 7: AP US History


US History Syllabus


"For a Christian, the mind is important because God is important. Who, after all, made the world of nature, and then made possible the development of sciences through which we find out more about nature? Who formed the universe of human interactions, and so provided the raw material of politics, economics, sociology, and history? Who is the source of harmony, form, and narrative pattern, and so lies behind all artistic and literary possibilities? Who created the human mind in such a way that it could grasp the realities of nature, of human interactions, of beauty, and so made possible the theories on such matters by philosophers and psychologists? Who, moment by moment, maintains the connections between what is in our mind and what is in the world beyond our minds? That answer in every case is the same. God did it, and God does it."

Mark Noll

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