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This Week We Feature Young Professional Michelle M. Merry

Young Professional Michelle M. Merry is a teacher at the Willard Wheatley Primary School (WWPS), the same school she attended as a child. Photo: Provided
Michelle M. Merry having students of the Willard Wheatley Primary School 'locked in attention' during a classroom activity. Photo: Provided
Michelle M. Merry having students of the Willard Wheatley Primary School 'locked in attention' during a classroom activity. Photo: Provided
Thanks to the talent and creativity of teacher Michelle M. Merry, Willard Wheatley Primary School were the winners of the 2017 Primary School Cheerleader Championship. Photo: Provided
Thanks to the talent and creativity of teacher Michelle M. Merry, Willard Wheatley Primary School were the winners of the 2017 Primary School Cheerleader Championship. Photo: Provided
According to A. P. J Abdul Kalam, former president of India, “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual.” If the saying is true then our Young Professional this week walks with nobility. This week we feature Michelle M. Merry, elementary school teacher during normal working hours and so many other things after.

It is no secret that the work of a teacher is never done. At school teachers function as an educator, lawyer, nurse, counsellor and so many other things but specifically Michelle says her daily duties are, “preparing lesson plans, teaching classes and evaluating student progress, encouraging students and acting as teacher–advisors for students and maintaining discipline in the classroom.”

Everyone who teaches will tell you that it would be difficult to do the job without a genuine love for children. For Michelle, teaching for 18 years now is testimony of her love for children. She adds, “Apart from my general love for children, my love of learning makes me passionate about teaching.”

Their Education

If you ask our Young Professonal this week what she loves about her job she will tell you it is “The ability to help children achieve their best, inspiring students not only academically but personally. Their energies [and] inquisitiveness helps me to love what I do.”

Extrinsic motivation comes from many sources and Michelle shared her inspiration for teaching with us, saying “I was also inspired by Teachers Gloria Donovan, Miss Lyra Hodge and Miss Wilhelmena Turnbull, three teachers, who may not know, [but] who have had a positive impact on my earlier educational journey.”

Quoting Barbara Coloroso, an internationally recognised speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliatory justice, and grieving, who said "if students come to us from strong, heathy, functioning families, it makes our job easier but if they do not it makes our job important," Michelle adds, “The feeling of knowing that I am important is what inspires me.”

However, inspiration and love for the job does not eliminate all the challenges it comes with, instead it motivates you to push on despite the challenges. “One of the biggest challenges I have faced and continue to face is curriculum overload, so much so that it is starting to feel natural.”

Curriculum overload is a constant concern for many, where the amount of work in the curriculum is either too much for the level or too advanced for the level it is being thought. To overcome this Michelle does not procrastinate and maintains the delicate balancing act that allows everything to get done.

Education

Michelle started her own educational journey at the school she now teaches, Willard Wheatley Primary School. She then graduated from the BVI High school, now Elmore Stoutt High School, continuing on to the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) where she studied Elementary Education.

With the same drive and determination she instils in her students, Michelle completed her Masters in Teaching and Learning with the University of Roehampton in England and should be attending her graduation later this month.

Future Plans

While achieving a Masters might be the pinnacle for some, Michelle has bigger dreams. She wants to “help bring about school policies that support strong teacher- parent systems as well as subject departmentalisation in at least grades 5 and 6.”

Though Michelle loves working with the children she does not wish to always remain at the primary level. “I see myself as a professor, teaching tertiary students later on in my profession.”

Choreographer & Singer

You might wonder when would a devoted teacher such as our Young Professional find the time for hobbies, but when you love doing something you make the time for it. “In my spare time I enjoy reading mystery novels [and] watching reality shows.

Michelle is also a very good singer and event organiser. "But I have a love for the performing arts, more specifically drama and dance, so much so that I am good at dance choreography and instruction.”

Michelle loves dancing so much she also hopes to expand her choreography into a full dance school one day, with a focus on liturgical dancing. Liturgical dance is a type of dance movement sometimes incorporated into liturgies or worship services as an expression of worship.

Advice to youth

Moulding lives and shaping futures come naturally to our Young Professional. She has this to say to our youth: “Follow your passion, make a path, give 110%, embrace failure and be true to yourself.”

17 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Michelle M. Merry”

  • Gumption.Offical (05/01/2018, 07:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good day and happy new year teacher. Congratulations on being the first young professional of the 2018 and much deserving. Congratulations on you being true and following through with your passion. It’s a very important task especially in this day and age nevertheless doesn’t change me to the fact of students just don’t need teachers but need passionate teachers. From one young professional to another i truly positivity wish you and all the students you touch a blessed 2018.
  • Cuz (05/01/2018, 08:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    what a wonderful young lady, she going places
  • ann (05/01/2018, 08:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good pick kudos ms merry
  • wow (05/01/2018, 09:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is seriously amazing one of the best interviews ever. She did a masters while teaching she has grit. Teaching for the past 18yrs she looks 18 herself. Young lady this is very impressive continue to fulfill your purpose and harness your drive to succeed and remember be humble and walk the good path. By the way sexy.
  • good to great (05/01/2018, 09:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    May God continue to give you the strength to help our young ones as you teach them. I am also happy to hear that you love teachingI have heard children said how you helped them.
    All the best for 2028.
  • SIS (05/01/2018, 10:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes sissy! Nice profile! Proud of you!
  • ramoT gniK (05/01/2018, 14:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You came A long way and every time you fall you got right back up and keep it moving. Bless up and continue doing you
    • 100% (05/01/2018, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      She never stayed down. Thats right. Many should follow suit and know that altho things happen u should rise above it.
  • Admirer (05/01/2018, 14:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always admire this young lady. She is always dressed for work. Didnt know she teaches. Awesome! Congrats to her and her family!
  • CHERYL (05/01/2018, 15:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Continue to do great...continue to uphold the nobility of of your profession...proud of you
  • Sue (05/01/2018, 15:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Congratulations Ms. Merry you have come a long way. Am very proud of you continue to strive for your goals.

  • Impressed (05/01/2018, 18:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This interview ..... sweet!
  • Adri (05/01/2018, 18:39) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    My teacher still kicking it since 04'
  • qc (06/01/2018, 08:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is royal good stuff
  • senorita (08/01/2018, 02:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done Michelle! Extremely proud of you! Everything that you said resonates so well with my own feelings of education, teaching and my passion for what we do! You completed your Masters degree like a champion and motivated and encouraged the rest of us on the programme as well. Keep up the good work and follow your dreams. God bless.
  • Birthday 1 day apart (08/01/2018, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I told you this is your year. Keep on moving don't stop. Awesome presentation of self and your love for your job


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