Phone: (520) 407-4142
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Elementary and Special Education - Northern Arizona University
Mrs. Erin Merendo
Welcome back! I am so excited to be starting my third year teaching at Ironwood Ridge. Before teaching here, I was a student at IRHS from 2008-2012 and I am honored to be back. I teach Resource Biology and Resource Integrated Science. I love working with students of all ages and abilities and helping them reach their goals in and out of school. I believe it is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher.
In addition to teaching, I coach our JV softball team and enjoy crochet, scrapbooking, painting, and other crafts. I also love to read and plan events.
This summer, my husband and I welcomed our first daughter, Genevieve, and I am loving being a mom!
Defining Moment in My Education
Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was play school with my siblings. When I was in fourth grade, my sister was diagnosed with a learning disability. Two years later, my brother was also diagnosed with a learning disability and dyslexia. As we got older, I helped them with homework and tried to help build their self-esteem. Watching them go through so much and develop a hatred for school made me realize I wanted to teach and be able to guide students and give them a place they feel safe and welcome!
Core Educational Beliefs
I believe that every child is able to learn and succeed when given the tools they need as learners. School should be a safe and welcoming environment for all students, as well as a place where they are excited to go. Additionally, students should be given opportunities to explore their interests and express themselves in the classroom daily.