Ms. Chelsea Mercer
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Welcome to K-1 with Ms. Mercer!
I completed my year-long student teaching experience in 1st grade at Zaharis throughout 2012. After graduation, I taught kindergarten in the Roosevelt School District and worked with thirty-one English Language Learning students. I have spent four years teaching kindergarten at Zaharis, where I was meant to end up! I'm kicking off year number five on an amazing adventure with my mentor teacher, as we teach K-1! Fasten your seat belts! I am excited to witness all the discoveries, connections, and learning that will happen on a daily basis in the classroom.
I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Elementary Education, and completed my MA in Early Childhood Education during the summer of 2014! Who knows, maybe my PhD will be coming up soon! I have a dream in addition to teaching kindergarten, to one day teach future educators and inspire them as they are on their journey to teach the children of our future. I have enjoyed every opportunity to apply my new learning inside the classroom and see how the children develop as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, social-scientists, investigators and artists.
I was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1998. I decided to move up to the Phoenix area from Tucson, in 2008, to attend Arizona State University. I bought a house in 2010, and am loving the responsibility and challenge of being a homeowner. I am the oldest of three children, and have two younger brothers. I enjoy spending time outdoors; camping, snowboarding, hiking, and swimming, and enjoy sports; football, basketball, and baseball.
I have a eight year old puggle named Lola, whom I love taking out for walks, trips to the dog park, and she also LOVES swimming in the pool to fetch her tennis ball. She now has two friends, Bentlea a five year old boxer, and Oakley a four year old pitbull/boxer mix living with her, and she LOVES having dogs to play with!
Every chance that I get, I love to read and explore literature. I am a lifelong learner, and I'm constantly challenging myself to continue learning. I am always seeking opportunities to help myself grow as a learner and a teacher to support the needs of my students, and I look forward to trying inclusion this year!
I have found my passion, which is teaching, especially with early childhood education students. Teaching is the most rewarding career, and I enjoy every experience I have had, and will have in the future. I am able to witness child development every day, and there isn't anything I'd rather be doing.