Hello Buccaneer parents and students and welcome to NBH elementary! My name is Mrs. Mertens and I am a 5th grade Math/Science teacher. Although I was born in Louisiana, I have lived in Bay County for almost 15 years. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Florida State University (GO NOLES!). It is my belief that students will develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the world around them through Science. On the other hand, mathematics follows a precise method of problem solving with predictable outcomes. Most importantly, in my opinion, both subjects are the most fun to learn and to teach.
When I am not teaching, I spend time with my two children. Talya and Kaleb keep me busy with football and soccer practices. We share our home with our cat (Crystal), leopard gecko (Mikey), and guinea pig (Oreo). Both of my children have been part of the NBH family since they started kindergarten. I feel blessed that they will be able to stay at the same school, with their same friends, until they graduate.
I hope you enjoy this year. Please let me know if you have any questions about the various clubs and afterschool activities we have available throughout the year.