Merrilyn Williams is a life-long learner, an avid reader, an educator, and proud mother of two college students: Julia, a fine arts graduate and budding playwright, and Eric, who will be McNeese's drum major in the fall.
She graduated from PNG and Lamar University with a BA in English and History and teaching certification for grades 7-12. She is a Master Reading Teacher.
Merrilyn began teaching fourth grade reading in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and received her elementary teaching credentials from Pan American University before being recruited to teach in New South Wales, Australia where she spent ten years. While there, she began teaching the writing process, and became associated with the writers groups in Albury/Wodonga and in Sydney.
She has continued attending writing courses, and she dabbles in poetry - particularly poems inspired by the places she has visited. After Merrilyn returned to Texas, she was recognized by one of the teachers of a writing class she attended as "a writer". She says it was an exceptional moment for her to be recognized before peers.
“I've always been a reader and have written, but have only lately begun to actively seek to publish my work.”