EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

Kay Merrell – Viewmont High School

Oct 24, 2016, 2:36 PM | Updated: Aug 4, 2022, 12:09 pm
...

I met Ms. Merrell last year when she transferred from Layton High; she is a teacher who not only teaches for herself but as well as every student individually. She teaches with passion, which is hard to find these days. I can’t even explain her in words, she is my hero. I recently had brain surgery, I really struggled and was so scared but, she stayed after school with me multiple times and talked with me. She made it seem like everything would be fine and I would be okay even though I thought differently. She just listens. She gives you input to not only helps but encourage you.

I also struggle immensely with writing, but once I left her class I felt I knew I was 10x the writer. I still am not the greatest but she has taught me how to write with passion. Not every sentence has to matter, we don’t have to be the greatest, but as long as we are proud of our work, we are the greatest; she taught me WHO cares what others say or do. The only thing that matters is what you surround your life in. I am in awe of her. She may not harshly correct papers, but it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks as long as you believe in your greatness. She believes in any one, she believes we all contribute in our own ways.

Miss. Merrell has a marble theory she taught me where in your life we all experience and do different things. The marbles stand for who you are. You may lose you’re marbles, but that’s okay because you can gain new marbles with new life experiences, trials, etc. And throughout time you’re vase (you) can become brighter. The color, shape, everything matters because it shapes who you are and how you contribute.

One of her favorite quotes by Walt Whitman is “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” Merrell gave me a card saying: What will your verse be? I’ve had in my cellphone case I carry with me at all times. It reminds me that life IS powerful but we all have something to add and contribute too. No matter what it is, we all can achieve greatness.

She will forever have a lasting impact on my life.

–Mary Peek

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Education + Schools

snow shovel driveway dialysis...
Mark Jones

Cold weather causes late start for Logan City School District Wednesday

The Logan City School District and the Cache County School District will be on two-hour late starts on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
1 day ago
A bill working its way through the Utah Legislature could open the door for online, private, charte...
Adam Small

Non-public-school students could more easily play sports under a new bill

Bill sponsor, Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, said the bill would level the playing field for some students.
1 day ago
A group of students at the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf is making blankets for pet dogs and cats...
Allie Litzinger

Students making pet blankets to donate to the Humane Society of Utah

The Kindness Club at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf is making blankets for pet dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Utah.
1 day ago
education legislation...
Mark Jones

One Utah lawmaker wants to ban cellphones in classrooms

One Utah lawmaker wants to ban cellphones in Utah classrooms.
2 days ago
Schools in the Cache County School District are on a 2-hour delayed start on Tuesday, Jan. 31, due ...
Devin Oldroyd

Freezing weather causes delayed start for Cache County School District schools

Schools in the Cache County School District are on a 2-hour delayed start on Tuesday, Jan. 31, due to weather conditions.
2 days ago
A cold snap brings sub-freezing temps to northern Utah. (KSL-TV)...
Randall Jepson

Frigid temperatures delaying some school start times

A frigid cold snap is causing in some schools in northern Utah to delay their start times. Utah State will also have a delayed start.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Kay Merrell – Viewmont High School