Columbus Teacher of the Month
Name: Tonya Merrill
Family members: Eric (spouse), Nathan & Allie (son & daughter-in-law), Heather (daughter), Erika (daughter), Dallin & Brenna (son & daughter-in-law), Nikki (daughter), and two wonderful grandkids, Grace & Luke Why are you teaching at Columbus? I wanted to help empower these wonderful refugees and immigrants to have a successful and productive life. I love to serve and the opportunity to meet new people. Being my Savior's hands in any way, including in a small way at Columbus, I genuinely appreciate it. Interests/Hobbies/Education/ Etc.: I love to do anything water….waterski, snorkel, and especially be at a beautiful sunny beach! I love to do all kinds of sports. Some of my favorites are pickleball, wallyball, gymnastics, and tennis. I love to go on crazy adventures like backpacking trips, rappelling, and ziplining! Anything outdoors is wonderful… camping, hiking, or just walking outdoors. I love to read, and I want a fantastic book club. I love to learn! Currently trying to learn Spanish! I graduated in Computer Science from USU. I love being a mom and vgrandma! We raise a big garden but mostly say we were mostly trying to raise hard-working kids through the garden. I cherish my family and spending time with them. I like to cook and bake for them, which speaks to their hearts and warms our home. I am a Christian and deeply value His teachings; I try to let them guide my life.