He could be described as the teacher who changed my life, though he is probably still unaware of that fact.
His way of teaching connected with my needs and his efforts literally helped shape my future. In our class, we studied the regular principles of grammar that had somehow escaped me previously. He had unique ways of making the class time interesting and engaging. I started to actually enjoy it. When I had questions, he simply told me the answer, instead of demanding I struggle over why this and not that. The seemingly impossible puzzle started coming together. Slowly, metaphors, adverbs, and dangling participles--all the parts of speech--became understandable and clear and even fun. more
That year was a launching pad for the rest of high school. Instead of squeaking by with barely a passing grade, I started pulling A’s in all my English classes. And it didn’t stop there. His influence launched me into college, my chosen degree, and my career. I have always wanted to thank Mr Merritt, but it took me years to realize the influence he had on my entire life. And now efforts to locate him have all been in vain. He will probably never know fully what an impact his teaching had. But I know and will forever be grateful to him.