Crossing Courses: Instructor Heather Merrell Teaches in 3 Programs

If you haven’t had a class with Heather Merrell yet, the odds are good that you will soon. Heather is teaching courses in three different programs at Globe University-La Crosse.

Heather previously taught Medical Terminology in the medical assistant program and Coding and Billing in the medical administrative assistant program. Both of these courses align with her work at Mayo Clinic Health System, where she has worked as a medical assistant for 16 years.

Instructor Heather Merrell

Heather puts to use the business administration degree she earned from Viterbo University to teach Introduction to Administration and Introduction to Business.

“I set a goal for myself years ago that I wanted to teach on a university level because I had excellent instructors that gave me the skills and knowledge to be successful and I wanted to be able to do the same for others,” Heather said. “A good teacher can make all the difference in a student’s academic success.”

While some of the courses Heather has taught can be challenging for students, she appreciates the challenge of making course material understandable.

“What can be a difficult subject can also be interesting and fun if it is presented in an engaging way,” Heather said. “I want all of my students to leave my classes with new found knowledge, understanding and memories of having fun in class.” 

Besides working as a medical assistant and instructor, Heather spends time with her husband, 15-year-old son, Maxwell, and two dogs.

“I love to knit, garden, and restore antique furniture. I also paint murals for people who request my services,” Heather said.

Heather noted how excited she is to be teaching at Globe.

“I am excited to be part of the Globe University family and want to thank all faculty and students for being so welcoming,” Heather said. “I eagerly anticipate each day that I get to come to class and be a part of the students’ lives. It is a privilege and an honor to teach each and every one of them.”