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Pauline Merritt – English Teacher at Crest Middle

posted May 15, 2017, 2:16 PM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History 
I have been employed at Crest Middle School for the past eight years (since 2008). I began my teaching career at Burns Middle in 2002 (lateral entry). I have served as Girl's Track Coach at Burns Middle (Tri-County Conference Champions (2006). At Crest Middle School I have served as Student Government Sponsor (we won the Eagle Award for largest United Way Student Campaign 2008), CCS Rigor Committee Rep., SIT Team member and Head Coach of Girls' Track. Currently, I serve as PBIS team co-chair, PLC leader 7th Grade English, Spelling Bee chair, Head Coach Girls' Basketball (Tri-County Conference Champions 2011 and 2013) and Asst. Track Coach Boys and Girls. I attended Lattimore Elementary School, Crest Junior High (First group to attend 7th - 9th grade) and I am a proud graduate of Crest Senior High School! 

I am the 7th of 8 children of Georgia and the late Charlie Finney. My husband Wayne Merritt and I have two children, Jadin and Hannah Merritt. Jadin is an 8th grader at Crest Middle and Hannah is a 6th grader. I teach 7th grade, so the Merritt's have Crest Middle covered! My husband is a supervisor at Holly Oak Park for the City of Shelby. 

I am a graduate of North Carolina State University and hold a Bachelors of Arts in English 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I love Crest Middle! It feels like I am home because I am an original Dragon. I am proud to be a part of the first class to go through 7th, 8th, and 9th grades at Crest Junior High. I remember that Dragon pride as we strove for excellence in academics and athletics and I want that same pride to permeate through our current and future students. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
I would tell students to do everything as if giving glory unto God. I would encourage them to have confidence and be bold in their convictions and not to be afraid of success. I think too often that we are afraid to be great, but God has given us a light and we cannot be afraid to let it shine because we might outshine someone else. We all have that light if we would receive it. We are wonderfully and marvelously made and if we all embraced that ... think of how great the world would be! 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
Cleveland County Schools is special to me because I am a product of this great institution. My journey from head start to 12th grade helped shape me into the person that I am. It taught me that education is what you make of it and once you receive it, it is yours forever. Upon graduation, my high school counselors g