Phone: Class Phone: 651-293-8880 ext: 45060


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in History BS in Communication Arts and Literature MS in Education Graduate Licensure in Reading

Ms. Merrill

Greetings Farnsworth Aerospace community!

I am excited to connect with our Farnsworth students and families for our 2021-2021 school year!  In my role as a grades 6 and 7 English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, I look forward to engaging with our Farnsworth Future Leaders in our Readers and Writers Workshop learning together.   

My professional career has been devoted to education.  For the first nine years, I was a grades 9-12 English teacher (2003-12), and then a high school reading specialist for two years.  For six years, I had the fulfilling opportunity to serve our Farnsworth teachers, students, and families with literacy development as a literacy coach.  This last and current year, I look forward to collaborating with my students' families on how we can implement literacy strategies to meet your child's learning needs. 

I look forward to learning about each of my students as we begin the year together!  I would like to introduce myself and share some of my personal interests with you.  I am a lifelong tennis player and a big fan of the women’s college tennis team at my alma mater, St. Cloud State University.  I also greatly enjoy vacationing and canoeing near the Boundary Waters. I am happiest when I am in nature doing activities like hiking, gardening, or working in my yard.  My profile picture is of me camping this summer on the Boundary Waters chain of lakes.

I love working at Farnsworth Aerospace, "The Home of Future Leaders," because I believe in the mission and vison of the school.  I believe in and am inspired by how our school community encourages our students to be future leaders in STEAM, or in areas of their interest and abilities.

To see an overview of how your child's ELA classes are structured and what your child will be learning my classes, please view these syllabuses:

6th Grade Readers and Writers Syllabus 2021-2022

7th Grade ELA Syllabus 2021-2022

Parents, I woul also like to offer these Schoology resources for you to see how your child is doing academically in my classes.  You can also access these resources in your child's ELA courses in the black folder titled "Parent Resources to Support your Child's Distance Learning."

This web page has multiple resources to help you navigate Schoology.  
If you would like directions on how to see your child's Schoology grades, and missing or completed work in my classes, please view this resource:
SPPS Parent Guide to Schoology:  SPPS Parent Guide to Schoology
Your child can check their grades in Schoology by following the helpful directions in this video:  Student Directions on How to Check Grades in Schoology 

Please reach out to me if you have questions regarding your child's experience in my class.  I want to support your child to receive the best education and am glad to work with our families to ensure your child's academic and social/emotional needs are met.  I would look forward to hearing from you!