Degrees and Certifications:
Double Major; BS Speech-Communication & Sociology -Texas A& I University Kingsville, TX1977 Secondary English Certification - Texas Southern University, Houston, TX 1984
Mr. Michael Merritte
Professional Communication and Debate Teacher
I am a BOI, and a proud BHS Class of 1972 graduate. A true "Welcome Back Kotter" if you remember the late 70's ABC Sitcom in which a teacher returns to his HS Alma Mater to teach. Just like the sitcom, I am a 43 year veteran classroom Professional - Communication / Speech teacher, and Forensics (competitive Speech coach). Like Mr. Kotter all my years as an educator have been here on Galveston Island with GISD. I have had the pleasure of teaching students who are now my colleagues, attorneys, successful business persons, speech therapists, college professors-Forensics coaches ,accountants, peace officers, career military service persons, presidential candidates, and clergy. The professional, and civic accomplishments of former students is a testament to the positive life changing impact my high school speech teacher and coach Susan Burris had on me. I realize that I am standing on the shoulders of giants (like Burris) who have labored and dedicated a career body of work educating the multi- cultural, ethnically diverse children of my hometown. The same genuine empathy, passion, motivation and knowledge of the present, coupled with a vision of a future full of possibilities is the mission statement embedded in me from my former teachers. This is the driving force that I attempt to inspire in my students. MY Teaching Philosophy,"There is GOOD...BETTER...&... BEST... NEVER let it rest, until your GOOD is BETTER & your BETTER is BEST!!!
I am married to another BOI Priscilla (the boss). I enjoy reading, public speaking, cooking, history, current events, sports, spending time with BHS classmates, and travelling.
Presently, teaching Professional Communication - A Survey Semester Course required for graduation; GISD. The main focus is workplace, career, and military readiness. Students will be introduced to the importance of communication, effective listening, note taking, small group business dynamics, workplace related internet use and possible career choices, Also, Teaching Debate 1-3, this is a full year competitive communication course. The focus is on the competitive art form of "Forensics" The search for the truth in public speaking, oral Interpretation of literature, and argumentation. Weekend travel is required as well as participation in local, state, and upon qualification national contests. Students will research, compose,edit, practice and deliver-perform, critique, evaluate, judge practice rounds in preparation for University Interscholastic League, and National Speech & Debate Association competitions. Weekend Travel is required, See Mr. Merritte for questions or concerns. , Texas Forensic Association
I am the proud coach of the nationally (NSDA) and state (TFA, UIL), and local (Optimist Club & MLK Essay-Oratorical) award winning Galveston Ball HS Speech & Debate Team- Forensics.