Meet our Teachers



Angie Merz - Discover History Class

I have my BA in education from BSU and was a teacher in the Boise District for 7 year before I became a stay home mom. Since then my husband and I have raised two great kids ages 21 and 19. For the last six years I have been teaching at Aaron Academy and I have loved every minute of it! I really enjoy being able to teach a small group of kids and getting to design a curriculum that is meaningful and fun. At home I like to team up with my husband to garden, with me handling flowers and Brian doing the veggies. I also like cooking, walking our dogs, teaching Sunday school, and stealing away time each day to read.


Kim Ward - Jr. Scholar & Scholar History Classes

This is Kimberly's third year partnering with teachers, parents, and students at the Aaron Academy, and she absolutely loves it! She values education that is truly meaningful and is ecstatic when her students are excited about learning! Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and has taught various subjects from elementary to college. She has also had the privilege of homeschooling her own children. She has a passion for holistic health and enjoys spending time with friends & family, home decorating, reading, yoga, and being in the beautiful outdoors.


Linda Selby - Discover Writing Class

For many years, Linda has coached learners. First were her five younger siblings, and then preschool and elementary children in California, Virginia, Tennessee, and Idaho. Along the way, she also enjoyed home schooling her own children through parts of their educational adventures.


As the mother of five, (ages 31, 29, 25, 24, and 13,) and grandmother of three, (ages 11, 4-1/2, and 4,) she attempts to inspire the next generations to enjoy life, to be respectful and responsible, and to read good books! Simple pleasures Linda values are reading, writing, traveling, "hanging out" with family and friends, and looking at the glass half full. She looks forward to coaching Discover students in Writing class this school year.


Carolyn Neves - Jr. Scholar Writing Class

Carolyn earned her Master's Degree and Reading Specialist Credential from Sonoma State University. She taught elementary and middle school children and was an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State. Carolyn's three children have always been homeschooled and two of her children have attended The Aaron Academy. She is thrilled to teach the Writer’s Workshop portion of Junior Scholar Writing class this year. Carolyn and her husband, Joe, have been happily married for 20 years. They spend most days working on remodeling and restoring their 5 acre property in rural Eagle. Carolyn enjoys reading, painting and gardening. She loves collecting mid-century vintage items. Her favorite thing, however is being outside in the garden with the whole family.


Lily Tabor - Jr. Scholar Writing Class

Lily Tabor earned her BA in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and then she really started to read in earnest! She has been reading and discussing literature in a book club for over 13 years and has also homeschooled her 3 children for 10 years. She has taught drama, literature and writing for grades 5-12 to homeschooled students and taught English grammar to adults at a medical transcription college. She has been a transcriptionist herself for 20 years specializing in orthopaedics. Lily loves singing with her husband of 24 years, camping, hiking, reading and writing. This is her second year teaching at The Aaron Academy. She is thrilled to teach both writing and drama.


Kathy Mucher - Scholar Writing & Literature Class

Kathy loves teaching! After receiving her BA in French, she enjoyed a gap year in France serving as a 4th-grade teacher. She then obtained her M.Ed. in Secondary Education and worked 8 years as a classroom teacher. Kathy taught French (middle & high school), Algebra I & II, and ESL social studies. She's been a home-school mom to her very favorite students for the past 8 years. Now she's eager to use what she's learned from these experiences to work with the Scholar students. Great books, TAA families, and engaging conversations are a few of her favorite things, so she's thrilled to have the opportunity to teach Scholar Writing and Literature.


Merlinda Haueter - Discover & Jr. Scholar Science Classes

I’m excited to join The Aaron Academy team. I have an associates degree from Ricks College and a K-8 education degree from Boise State University. I’ve taken several iSTEM classes and have a great love for science education (probably from growing up with a father who is a chemist). I’m eager to share my love of science with the students at The Aaron Academy. My hobbies include reading, gardening, hiking and vacationing with my family. I love colorful sunsets, starry nights and The Piano Guys! I have a wonderful husband, 4 amazing children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. I’ve lived in the Meridian area for over 40 years and have taught in the Meridian school district and at both North Star and Compass Public Charter Schools. I also spent 5 years home-schooling my own children, helped start a charter school and taught preschool.


Jill Peterson - Scholar Science Class

Jill Peterson never knew how much she liked science until she ended up majoring in biology in college. After securing her bachelor's degree at Idaho State University, Jill has been raising and homeschooling her 5 children. She previously taught science for the Aaron Academy and felt very blessed to spend each day exploring and experimenting with students. Jill has a passion for learning, and when not reading science news and magazines, she can be found hiking, camping, backpacking, reading, playing and coaching volleyball, and playing tennis.

Book Club

Angie Merz - Discover Book Club

Angie is also our Discover History teacher. You can see her bio under the "History" heading.





Math Mentoring

Jill Peterson - Jr. Scholar Math Mentoring Class

Jill is also our Scholar Science teacher. You can see her bio under the "Science" heading.





Hannah Scott - Jr. Scholar Math Mentoring Class



Maria Trimble - Scholar Spanish Class


Maria is excited to be rejoining the teaching ranks at The Aaron Academy this year using her Spanish skills. She has lived in Peru and Costa Rica, taught Spanish to a variety of age groups over the years, including college. She loves her family, church, country, life and people. Maria’s experiment to try homeschooling has lasted for over 15 years and the journey has been amazing, especially interacting with so many other courageous homeschoolers. She is looking forward to a great year with The Aaron Academy. She has a BA in Spanish and a Master of Education degree.