About the Teacher

  • Daniel Klingelsmith

    Social Studies Teacher

    Room 7

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    U.S. History: United States History is a year -long course in which students will study the development and impact of several different forms of government from ancient times to modern times. Students will also explore the American Revolution, American Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution, Immigration, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

    American Government / Economics: American Government and Economics are both 1 semester classes. In these classes we will study the forming of our new government and the implications it has on every citizen of the United States. We will explore the world of economics and how to deal with them on a personal level.

    World History

    Ethnic Studies


    BE PROMPT: Class begins immediately after the last bell rings. This means that you are expected to be inside the classroom and in your seat before the last bell rings. 

    BE PREPARED: Bring all materials, supplies, technology, required work and assignments. All homework assignments will be due at the beginning of class. Cell phones, Ipods, headphones,,,etc are to be put away. No food, drink or gum chewing is allowed in class. 

    BE PRODUCTIVE: Maximize learning time by remaining on task, asking questions when necessary, following directions and remaining in your seat unless you have been given permission to get up.

    BE POLITE: Be nice or neutral to everyone. Swearing, bullying and talking back will not be tolerated. Respect yourself, your classmates, your teacher and the classroom.

  • Mr K Bio

    Mr. Klingelsmith, aka, Mr. K, aka Santa

    I started teaching in 2006 after spending 35 years as a woodworker and cabinet maker. I have been married for 47 years and we have a daughter, a son and one granddaughter. Due to low seniority, I was moved to 5 different school sites in 6 years within SUSD. I found a home here at Merlo in 2012, and as the saying goes, “Home Sweet Home”. I enjoy being a part of one of the best schools in SUSD. In my pre COVID free time, I enjoyed attending SF Giant games, concerts, travelling, and going to the movies. Over the years we have had several dogs (2 currently), many cats (4 currently), birds, snakes, rabbits, and one pot-bellied pig. I live in Modesto and I cannot wait to drive back to Merlo everyday. “That’s all folks”.