Candace Mercadante

Phone: 352-291-7975; ext. 50936


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science Degree - St. Leo University Certified K-6 ESOL Endorsed Reading Endorsed

Candace Mercadante

Welcome to Marion Oaks Elementary!  A little information about me.....


I received my Associates Degree from Eastern New Mexico University and my Bachelors Degree from Saint Leo University. I am certified in K-6 grades with Reading and ESOL Endorsements.  This will be my 8th year teaching in Marion County.  I was fortunate to be one of the teachers who opened Marion Oaks Elementary School in August of 2010.  I am eager to be a part of the Fifth Grade team.

My husband and I moved to Florida from New Mexico in 2004.  I have three children; my oldest, Mae, lives in Colorado with her family which includes my granddaughter, Autumn, and my first grandson, Sean.  My second daughter, Lorenza, currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her family, which includes three daughters; Kylie, Gentri, & Carly, and our newest addition to the family Carson, my son-in-law, Chris, is in the USAF. My son, Philip, is a graduate of West Port High School and most recently from Ole Miss.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is working on his graduate program for Screen Writing.


 I am an avid reader.  However, my most important past time is spending time with my grandchildren.  My husband and I enjoy spending weekends visiting the various State Parks in the area.