Lisa van der Merwe
My name is Lisa van der Merwe and I am the Resource Specialist at Hillcrest Christian School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Cal State University Northridge. I completed a certificate from Columbia Bible College and obtained additional Early Childhood units from Foothill College. I spent over seven years as a missionary in South Africa, working with a ministry dedicated to developing young leaders for Christ and His mission. I have experience working as a Resource Specialist with elementary and secondary students, and more recently, experience in early childhood. I enjoy spending time with my husband of nine years, and watching our one-year-old daughter grow before our eyes!
In Psalm 139:14, the Psalmist writes, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.” How amazing that each child is uniquely and wonderfully formed by God! I am excited to get to know your children and their one-of-a-kind personalities, and I look forward to partnering with you to make their educational experience the best it can be.
The classroom environment is a key component of learning. I aim to provide a classroom that is comfortable and conducive for your child. When students are comfortable, they’re ready to learn! In addition to sound academic support, I look forward to coaching your child in focusing techniques, de-stress activities, and emotional regulation exercises. My prayer is that you and your child will feel loved, supported, and well-equipped this school year and the years to come!
My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “’ For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”