Robert Merski has graduated from Mercyhurst College (now University) in 1999 from the rigorous Cadet Teacher Program. He has taught every grade level from 2nd grade through 12th grade at various parochial and public schools in Pennsylvania and New York, and has been a teacher in the Erie School District since 2004. Mr. Merski received his Master's Degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Emily reside in the City of Erie. They have one son.