Northwestern Press

Thursday, May 28, 2020
B104 Radio personality Mike Kelly, Northwestern Elementary Principle Maria Pulli, Karla Mertz, fourth-grade teacher and B104’s Teacher of the Month winner, school district Superintendent Jennifer Holman, and B104 Radio personality Stephanie Wells smile for the camera. B104 Radio personality Mike Kelly, Northwestern Elementary Principle Maria Pulli, Karla Mertz, fourth-grade teacher and B104’s Teacher of the Month winner, school district Superintendent Jennifer Holman, and B104 Radio personality Stephanie Wells smile for the camera.
Karla Mertz shares her special moment with her son, Cole Mertz, a sixth-grade student at Northwestern Elementary.PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNADETTE SUKLEY Karla Mertz shares her special moment with her son, Cole Mertz, a sixth-grade student at Northwestern Elementary.PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNADETTE SUKLEY
Karla Mertz’s fourth-grade class join B104’s Mike and Steph in the Morning radio personalities Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells celebrate Mertz’s win. Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells wore Tiger colors — black and gold — as part of their salute to Mertz. Karla Mertz’s fourth-grade class join B104’s Mike and Steph in the Morning radio personalities Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells celebrate Mertz’s win. Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells wore Tiger colors — black and gold — as part of their salute to Mertz.

NWE teacher is honored with pizza party

Friday, March 13, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY Special to The Press in School

There was a pizza party recently in Karla Mertz’s fourth-grade classroom at Northwestern Elementary School.

This party featured pizza from Little Caesar’s to honor Mertz, who was named the B104 February Teacher Salute Winner.

Guests included school district Superintendent Jennifer Holman, and B104 radio personalities Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells of Mike and Steph in the Morning.

Mertz, who was nominated by colleague Morgan Bentley, also received prizes from Meera Salon and Day Spa and the Da Vinci Science Center.

“Karla is an amazing educator who is an awesome mentor and colleague,” Bentley wrote in the nomination. “She puts everyone first, including faculty and students, in order to create the most positive and productive learning environment possible.

“She also has awesome classroom management, where the kids are well behaved and are able to still learn and have fun. She has been teaching within the district for over 20 years.”

Bentley noted that everyone who has interacted with Mertz has only positive words for her.

“She is an extremely kind human being and teacher,” Bentley wrote. “She values honesty, respect and accountability.

“Every student who has had her as a teacher becomes a better person, and learner by the end of the school year.”