Blake Merkel » Biography


Academic Credentials

Bachelors: Elementary Education (K-6) from the University of Central Florida

Masters: Educational Leadership from Florida State University

Doctoral: Educational Leadership in Progress from Saint Leo University

ESOL Endorsement

Career Highlights

Teacher of the Year 2014-2015

Inclusion Teacher of the Year 2009-2010

Personal Profile

I was born and raised in Key West, FL. I am a proud “Conch”. I am a third generation educator. I have been teaching for 14 years, teaching first, fourth, fifth and as a MTSS instructional coach. I am married with three children and a fourth on the way. We moved from the Keys in 2018 to Celebration, FL where we lived for two years. During the pandemic, we started looking for property in North Florida. We moved to a beautiful property with a 100 year old Manse and lakeside cabins in 2020. My husband and I have spent the last year and a half learning to renovate homes which has been a new and fun experience. I enjoy spending days at the beach, boating, being creative any way I can, spending time with my family and friends, visiting Disney, and learning and experiencing new things. I am very happy and excited to be a part of the Belmont family.