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Mrs. Abbie Merkel

Hello! My name is Abbie Merkel and I am lucky enough to be one of the 2nd grade teachers at Hickory Ridge Elementary this year. Although this year is starting off a little bit differently than past years, I am looking forward to working as a team with my students to make this the best year yet! 

I just got married in February to my high school sweetheart, Steven. In June, we moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina with our dogs, Maple and Moose. In my free time I love to run, hike, and play almost any sport. I also love to eat frozen yogurt and spend time with family any chance that I can get. 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with an emphasis in Biology and Psychology in December of this past year. After graduating, I taught as a long term substitute in a 3rd grade classroom. Throughout my undergraduate years, I was fortunate to have assisted in 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, and 12th grade classrooms. Although I enjoyed my time in every grade level, elementary is definitely my favorite! 

I am looking forward to getting to know my students and their families. Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions that you may have. Welcome to the Cowboy Family!