Mrs. Merriam was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She began her teaching career in 1997 teaching English for adults and kids in different private and public schools in Mexico. She continued teaching as she pursued her degree as Geosciences Engineer. She worked in the oil industry for several years. In 2008 she got married, and because of that, she moved to the United States where she started working as a preschool teacher for three years. She has been working for Polk County School board since 2013 as a Spanish teacher. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Educational Leadership at Florida Southern College.