Meet the Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Arkansas Master's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas Teaching licenses in Arkansas, Virginia, and California Google Certified Educator Level 1

Mrs. Haynes (Merten)

Hello! My name is Rachel Haynes, and this is my first year with PHS. My new married last name is Mrs. Merten, but that's not reflected on my PUSD email, so you can call me Mrs. Haynes for now :) I'm originally from Alabama but I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Arkansas (hence the southern accent). My then-fiancé and I relocated to the Virginia Beach area for his job, where I spent the last several years teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Arts. We loved living on the coast and eating lots of good seafood. This summer, we got married and moved to Northern California for his work once again. I am passionate about empowering students to be lifelong readers and writers, and I am thrilled to be continuing my career with Pittsburg Unified School District.  


Zoom meeting links are posted to Google Classroom and to Aeries. If you are having trouble accessing them, please let me know and I will be happy to assist! Have questions?? I encourage you to email me at: 


Please click on the "Distance Learning" menu tab for information on joining my Google Classroom and determining which Cohort you are in.