Merrian Mills enters her 14th year teaching and holds a Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with a speciality in Educational Technology from California State University Bakersfield in California, USA.
Mrs. Mills is also currently working toward her Philosophy of Education (Ph.D.) degree, in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.
“Concordia continues to be my favorite place to spend 5 days per week! I am in my third year here, and I continue to love every single experience as a part of the Concordia family,” adding, “Mike and I are beyond blessed to have had our middle son graduate as part of Concordia’s inaugural graduating class and our youngest daughter to graduate in 2019. The upper school team at Concordia is made up of brilliant, passionate educators who push students well beyond the limits they think are possible.”
Mrs. Mills has published in her field, including “Educational Technologies in Developing Nations: Barriers & Possibilities” through California State University Press.
“I am very excited about the research I am conducting for my doctoral project study. I am studying the need for reformation in American international schools’ elementary social studies programs, to reflect current global issues and the local culture of the communities they serve, as opposed to following a U.S.-centric curriculum. Though the process of earning a doctorate degree has been exhausting, and I have mentally quit a thousand times, I am almost “Dr. Fancy!” and am thrilled to join the ranks of women who have earned this prestigious level of academic work.”
In addition to Concordia, Mrs. Mills teaches at the university level in the College of Education at Ashford University in San Diego, CA, where she continues to contribute to the online program, and has taught at elementary and international schools both at home, in San Jose and Monterey, California, and Miami Beach, Florida, and abroad, in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, Nicosia, Cyprus, and Cairo, Egypt.
In the moments when she is not working or researching, Mrs. Mills enjoys walking her amazing pups, Kalliope and Cairo, drinking coconut coffee from Cong Caphe, or watching super scary movies in the dark!