Mr. Mercier will teach 8th Grade ELA at Alma’s Frederick Douglass Campus.
What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?
I was recruited to the Alma Crew by Dr. Gillette. One day, during my search for an opportunity to return to education, she stopped me and said: “if you’re going to work anywhere, you’re going to work with me.” Then the words of my French teacher, Mr. Emond, rang in my head: “happy wife, happy life.” So here I am!
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
As a teacher, I hope to share my love of learning and reading with my students – and to give them the tools to continue to learn independently. As a co-worker, I hope to contribute my strength in holding the bar of excellence high for ourselves and our students.
What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?
Mr. Monahan was my religion teacher and soccer coach in 9th Grade. During one rainy practice, he broke my focus by saying: “THAT is the face of a soccer player.” I didn’t know what he meant until I went inside and looked at myself. My face, red from practicing headers, was covered in dirt, grass, and grime. I was never great at soccer (I’m still not great at soccer). But Mr. Monahan’s recognition of the work I put into the practice helped change my self-image. He helped me recognize the determination, perseverance, and resilience that have come to define my adult life.
Why did you become involved in education?
I have always been passionate about advocating for young people, and about helping young people advocate for themselves. I feel that the voices of young people are underrepresented in public conversations and need to be heard in order to fully address our communities’ challenges.
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What is your favorite book?
The Book of My Lives, by Aleksander Hemon