Meet your teacher: Gina Mertens

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School/grade: Fourth grade, Noble Crossing Elementary.

Professional accomplishments: Specialist degree in Elementary Leadership, K-12 certification in administration, master’s degree in curriculum and instructions, bachelor’s degree in elementary education grades 1-8.

Why she became teacher: “I chose teaching to follow in my mom’s footsteps, who was an elementary teacher for 32 years. I want to work with young people and to make a difference in their lives. I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same. I love fostering critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity among students.”

Goals for students: “I want students to enjoy the learning process and to be active participants in it. I want students to learn to be respectful to anyone they come in contact with. I want students to make real-life connections and to be critical thinkers.”

Advice for parents: “I would advise parents to take an active role in the education of their child. I want parents to ensure that all homework gets done, read with their child and that the child is getting plenty of rest so they will be alert in class each day. I want parents to value education and to stress the importance of education from an early age to their child.”

What makes Noblesville Schools special: “I am honored to work for Noblesville Schools. I feel that our district is innovative in the implementation of 21st century skills. I feel that the teachers and administrators at Noblesville Schools do what’s best for all students when planning instruction and implementing programs. Most of all, I feel that Noblesville Schools provides a culture that is supportive, friendly, and at the same time, challenges its teachers to be the best they can be.”

Something others might not know about you: I have only been a Hoosier for 5 years. I spent the first 40 years of my life in central Missouri, where I was very involved with anything musical. While living in Missouri, I enjoyed my time singing with a women’s Christian quintet called OneVoice and playing the piano, which I still enjoy today.”


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