Letters to the Editor

Teacher makes lasting mark on former student

In honor of "Teacher Appreciation Week," I'd like to say, "hip, hip, hurrah," for one of my favorite teachers when I was in high school, Mary O. Merrick.

During the 1950s, Bluffton had one school, Bluffton High School, which was home to grades 1 to 12. Bluffton was a sleepy little hollow back then, far from the busy, bustling place it is now. My graduation class in 1957 had 11 students.

When you were in grammar and middle school, you had one teacher and stayed in the same room for the entire school day. In high school, we got to change rooms and had different teachers for different classes. However, teachers weren't all that plentiful, so one teacher would wear many hats.

For instance, Mrs. Merrick, over the span of four years taught me English, biology, geometry, algebra I and II and chemistry. I think that's all.

That's all? What a multitasker. In fact, her biology class was so much fun I took it the next year during one of my study halls just for my enjoyment, no extra credits.

I recently had a nice chat with this "wiz" of a teacher. Hats off to you, Mary O. Merrick, one fine teacher.

Jean Tanner