Meet the Teacher

¡Hola! The 2017-18 school year marks my 24th year teaching Spanish to our seventh and eighth grade students at Merton. I am a graduate of Mount Mary College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Spanish Minor. I am also a former graduate of Merton School and am honored to be teaching here.  I love to learn and continue to educate myself on best practices in teaching.  I have recently become a Google Level 1 Certified Educator, and have participated in professional development opportunities including Universal Design for Learning, Learning Styles, Brain-Based Learning, and Teach Like a Pirate.  I am also Co-Advisor for 8th grade, a member of the National Junior Honor Society Faculty Council, and a member of our Building Leadership Team.  

I really enjoy the middle school age and the challenges it brings. I believe all students should be challenged to learn a world language so they can begin to see the world through a different lens. I feel my job is to not only educate my students on the value of learning a world language, but to also help them become culturally aware of the world around them and to respect others beliefs and traditions.  Through reading, writing, listening and speaking, students will begin to open a new door to communicate with others.  I have been able to travel to Mexico and Venezuela and bring exciting items and experiences back to my classroom.

I am lucky to have a wonderful family! I have been married to my husband, Doug, for 22 years. We have three children all named with the letter E-Emma, Evan and Eric. Emma is studying Graphic Design and Web Design at WCTC. Evan is a freshman at Edgewood College studying accounting, and Eric is a sophomore at Arrowhead. We also have a cute lab mix dog named Toby and a new shepherd mix puppy named Tallie. In my free time I enjoy reading, fishing, hiking, geocaching and spending time with my family and friends. Much of my free time is spent on the soccer fields with my family. I look forward to another exciting year here at Merton!


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Daily Schedule

 Hour  Class
 1  7th Grade Spanish
 2   7th Grade Spanish
 3   8th Grade Spanish
 4   8th Grade Spanish
11:44-12:19  LUNCH
 5
 Free Period
 Extra help available for students
 6   7th Grade Spanish
 7   7th Grade Spanish
 8   8th Grade Spanish
 9   8th Grade Spanish


Contact Information
262-538-1130 ext. 2045


“One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way.”

Frank Smith