Kristen Merrell, currently a kindergarten teacher at Lee’s Summit Elementary, was named 2014-15 assistant principal for Great Beginnings Early Education Center at the April 10 Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education meeting.
Merrell will begin her new job in July and is replacing Sarah Birk, who has accepted an administrative job in another school district.
A Lee’s Summit R-7 educator since 1992, Merrell has taught at Lee’s Summit Elementary, Prairie View Elementary and Pleasant Lea Elementary as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Webster University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Webster University and her specialist degree in education administration/collaborative principal preparation program from the University of Central Missouri.
Merrell was named both Lee’s Summit R-7 and Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 and was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2007. She has received several Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation PEAK Grants and has been a presenter at local, state and national conferences. Within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, A Lee’s Summit resident, Merrell has served in numerous leadership positions at the school and district level, including facilitator for the Beginning Teacher Assistance Program, Balanced Assessment trainer, her school’s Literacy Team, Math Team facilitator and as Lee’s Summit Elementary School PTA vice president.