Phone: 520-568-6110


Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed- Reading and Literacy B.S. - Elementary Education

Ms. Maureen Derse

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but grew up in Indiana. I am one of six children. I lived in Indiana until 1990 when I moved to Arizona to work for Southwest Airlines. I always wanted to be a teacher, so I returned to school while working at Southwest Airlines and obtained my teaching degree. I retired from SWA in 2009 and started the next chapter of my life. In my spare time, I like to golf, swim, read, and do yard work. This will be my eleventh -year teaching; however, this is my fourth year at Saddleback Elementary. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University Phoenix. In continuing my education, I received my Masters in Reading and Literacy from Benedictine University. Children learn in different ways and need to be exposed to different ways of doing things. They need routine, structure, and high expectations. Seeing students grow in confidence as they reach their goals and watch them turn into caring individuals who love and support each other is amazing.