Mrs. Kara Mertz

Phone: 515-965-9705


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts in Education Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Middle School Endorsement Reading Endorsement

Mrs. Kara Mertz

6th Grade Literacy - 6G Team

Hi there! My name is Kara Mertz, and I am one of the 6th grade literacy teachers on the 6G team. This will be my eighth year at Prairie Ridge. Prior to coming to Prairie Ridge, I taught 5th grade at Westwood Elementary in Ankeny for 4 years.

I am a 2008 graduate of Central College in Pella.  From Central, I received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education as well as a middle school endorsement. Then from Viterbo University, I earned my Master of Arts in Education and my reading endorsement. 

When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my three daughters, Jillian, Lydia, and Melody, as well as my husband, Mike. He is a business and technology teacher at Southview Middle School in Ankeny.

Each school year, my goal is to spark an excitement and love for reading and writing in my students!

Please feel free to contact me through e-mail with any questions.

6 Literacy Syllabus