Principal Spotlight: Timothy Merritt, High Point Elementary

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How well do you know the principal at your neighborhood school? We’re surveying local principals to learn more about their hobbies, their best stories and some facts that might surprise you. This month, we spoke with Timothy Merritt from High Point Elementary.

How long have you been at High Point Elementary School?

16 years

What is your favorite part of being a principal?

Observing children learn and grow emotionally, cognitively and physically.

Which school event do you look forward to the most each year?

I would say the meet-and-greet, as there is great excitement and anticipation for the new school year.

What’s something interesting most people don’t know about you?

I love to snorkel and have done so at various places in Mexico and the Caribbean.

If you could have dinner with one person from history, who would it be?

I would say Abraham Lincoln.

Which decade do you love the most and why?

1980s – probably because of the music.

You’re singing karaoke. What song do you pick?

“Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles

Where in the world have you not travelled but would like to travel eventually?

The Grand Canyon

What is your favorite professional sports team?

Ravens

Do you cook? What is your favorite dish to prepare?

I like to cook just about anything on the grill. I will grill 12 months out of the year.

What was your least favorite food as a child?

Spaghetti

What was the worst job you ever had?

I really haven’t had a “worst” job. I have made the best of any job I have ever held.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Zip-lined over a canyon in Mexico.

What is your favorite movie, show or book? Why?

“Jaws” – the fear of the unknown below the surface of the ocean.

What is the best gift anyone’s ever given to you?

A calendar with family photos for each month.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What three things would you take with you?

Water, family photos, the Bible.

If you have a day with absolutely no plans, how do you spend it?

Preferably with my wife.

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