All too often, we overlook the contributions and impact that educators have on ourselves, our children and our community. As for me, it is far too rare when I think of the teachers in my life. However, when I do, it is most often with fondness, respect, and sometimes a bit of sadness as well.
Our community lost one of its most resepected educators recently. Tim Merritt was a teacher, and admininstrator. A mentor and friend to students and teachers alike, Tim is remembered for always having a positive attitude, an encouraging word, and a cheerful smile, and will be fondly remembered by his colleagues, friends and family.
We had the opportunity to videotape a memorial and tribute to Tim Merritt. Presented at Frontier Regional School on November 17, this service allowed friends and colleagues to remember Tim with thoughts, stories, and music. Performances by Katie Tolles, Lynnette Varnon, T.J Conroy, Pete Cristafulli, Kate Lorenz, and students from the Sunderland Elementary School helped to illustrate the thoughts and remembrances of Mr. Merritt, a man who made an unquestionably positive impact on everyone around him.
You can watch this memorial on Channel 12, beginning on November 25. You can also see the High Definition version of the show anytime through FCAT Video on Demand (you can also find the link at the top of this page).