About Mrs. Mercer...
Position: Special Education
Welcome! My goal this year is to provide both students and families with whatever support I can to help every student I work with reach their goals both in and out of school. I hope you are as excited to learn with me as I am to learn with you.
My Education and Professional Background
I am a product of the Chandler School District. I attended Andersen Elementary and Junior High School before graduating from Hamilton High School. I then attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College where I earned an Associate Degree in Elementary Education. I continued my college career at Arizona State University where I graduated with honors with dual Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education. For the next year I was a Life Skills Specialist working with teens across the valley on independent living skills. I joined the Chandler family as a teacher in 2011 as the teacher for a self-contained K-3 behavioral needs classroom. After 4 years with those amazing kids I decided to explore other opportunities and became the Resource teacher at Carlson, Payne Junior High, and Ryan Elementary, before joining the Ryan staff full time. I enjoy being a Resource Teacher as well as Department Chair for all Special Education services on campus.
My Educational Philosophy
Every student has the ability to learn but they may not have the tools. It is my job as a Special Education Teacher to find the missing pieces or weaknesses and build my students a tool box of strategies that they can use. These tools will help them overcome those weaknesses and give them access to more than just their classroom work. It will give them access to a world of information and experiences where they can find their passion. My job is not done until my students no longer need my support and are able to fly on their own. I don't put limitations on my student's dreams. Instead I strive to give them the tools to chase those dreams down and make them come true through hard work and perseverance.