Hello, my name is Noemy Merlos and I am one of the EL (English Learner) teachers here at Centerville Elementary School. EL is a program for students who speak a language other than English at home. The program provides instruction and support that promotes the EL’s successful integration into the mainstream classroom. This is my first year at CES and I am beyond ecstatic to be a member of such an amazing community. Most importantly, I look forward to working with all the bright stars that attend CES. This will be my 12th year teaching. I spent the first three years of my teaching career teaching third grade and I’ve spent the past eight years teaching EL in Frederick County. My previous schools were Hillcrest Elementary School and Orchard Grove Elementary School.
My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education and Spanish. I am certified to work with English Language Learners and I earned a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Mount St. Mary’s University. A few years ago, I also became a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). I am also the county’s Master Teacher for EL.
I enjoy working with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I can relate to the notion of having to learn a new language because I was also an EL. As an EL teacher, I am aware of the challenges my students encounter when they are immersed into a foreign language. I ensure that my students have the support, vocabulary and background knowledge needed to succeed in the mainstream classroom through instruction focused on improving their reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
In addition to being an EL teacher I am also a wife and a mother. I have been married to my husband for nine happy years and I am the mommy of a beautiful 2 year-old girl. She fills my life with so much happiness and any free time I have I spend it making memories with her.