Community Member of the Week: Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth is a 5th grade science teacher in Brazosport ISD, Texas. She shared “I have used Discovery Education over the last couple of years and find that I am using it more and more as the days and months pass by. I have come to find that Discovery Education is just more than a website, it’s a connecting point. Discovery Education was fuel I needed to reignite my passion and love of teaching. The people of and within Discovery gave me ideas that have completely changed how we “do” class. The SOS strategies alone have sparked intrigue and conversation within my class that I have never seen before.“

IMG_0349What is a ritual you have in your classroom?
This summer I got an idea from another DEN member by starting the class with different starters throughout the week like Motivation Monday, Trivia Tuesday, World News Wednesday, TBThursday, and Famous Person Friday. My kids always look forward to seeing what’s new.

How are you involved in education other than your official role as a K-12 educator?
I am a part of the Advanced Academic committee working with the community and leaders to make our GT program one of excellence. I lead the Tech Geek Squad for grade 5-6 students after school.

When you’re not working where are we most likely to find you?
14121E55-1568-4CCF-95C9-332E4A5DB2E1When I am not around a pool (for swim and water polo), a dance floor (for ballet and en pointe), or a ball field watching and cheering on my kiddos, I am usually laughing and spending time with my hubby. I am also a bit techie so I am always on the prowl from something to invigorate my teaching.

What is your most memorable experience with the DEN?
Other than DENSI, my most memorable experience is going to the Austin DENapalooza. There I saw passion and excitement in educators at a time I was burned out. By the end of that day I let inspired and on fire to finish the year strong…that was 2 years ago and I haven’t looked back!

Why did you become a teacher?66F39277-49FB-401A-9BA8-3907D5C399A5
I enjoyed the “ah-ha!” Moments I saw in my son when he was little and I connected a concept he was struggling with to something he understood…Star Wars!

How do you start your day?
Hopefully with a cup of coffee and good music, but silence also works well in starting my day.

What’s something new that you’ve recently learned?
Selfishly, I’ve learned it’s okay to spread your wings and be different. You never know when it will inspire others to do the same. It’s through being different that makes us more well-rounded when we connect with others.

What’s your favorite SOS to use with students?
I love using the AEIOU Strat24C2EDC9-A3B0-4E24-9EA5-4C1971937DAEegy. I am always amazed at what students some up with while watching a video!

What are you reading or something on your to-read list?

I am loving all the “Pirate” books and am currently reading “XPlore Like A Pirate”. My goal is also to complete “Go Set A Watchman” by the end of the summer. I need a good thoughtless read though!! Lol

How can others connect with you?


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