Social and Behavioral Sciences

Margaret L. Merrill Ed.D.

Instructor

Office Location

162

Phone

(207) 753-6500;(207) 841-7856 mobile

Academic Degrees

  • Ph. D. in Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College
  • Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Curry College

Profile

Margaret L. Merrill holds a doctorate degree in Education, focusing on the integration of technology and science in the early grades. She, also, has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Curry College, with a minor in Movement Education, and a certificate in Movement and Music from the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.

Margaret taught pre-school through the elementary grades in Massachusetts and Maine, prior to beginning her doctoral work. During her years in the elementary classroom, Margaret implemented innovative approaches to teaching science and social studies through the development of curriculum, which integrated real-world experiences into course content.

In 2004, Margaret received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Shortly following her PAEMST recognition, Margaret was accepted into the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. where she spent a year as an Education Fellow in Senator Joseph Lieberman’s office. Her time in Washington D.C. provided a rich in depth experience with policy, politics, and people.

Margaret’s teaching emphasizes integration of content with real-world experiences, supported by technology and the use of concept maps. Concept mapping is a technology tool enhancing the learning and teaching continuum and provides students opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of a particular domain. Margaret has held workshops and provided on-site support in schools and classrooms, to guide teachers interested in using concept maps, as a supportive teaching tool in their work. She is a contributing author in Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking Through Visualization Strategies.