Difference Maker - Instructor - Michael Merriman
Dec 10, 2013
Michael Merriman—Difference Maker at the Cleveland Area Campus
Instructor of various business, human resource, and general education courses
• American National University faculty member since the campus opened in 2009
• Has gained nearly 10 years of experience in education, as a high school teacher and administrator and as a director of education and director of student services for two colleges
• Holds an associate’s degree in business information systems, a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in management, a Master of Business Administration degree, a master’s degree in human resources management, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and a State of Ohio Principal’s Licensure for grades K-12
• Also currently works as a motivational speaker and corporate trainer
“I truly love teaching, and I’m a huge supporter of career colleges. Education is my passion; I could never see myself being anything other than an educator.
“I admire that our students press past their problems in order to pursue a better future for themselves, their children, and their family. They refuse to allow their current situation to define their life – it’s a true inspiration to me.
“I enjoy challenging my students to think critically using high-order questioning. I pride myself in taking curriculum and making it relevant to the students in the class. This helps to bridge the gap between theory and reality, causing ‘Aha!’ moments. I also stress the importance of using proper grammar in writing and speaking skills, helping students to understand there is no second chance to make a first impression.
“We are a family at the Cleveland Area Campus. Our love and appreciation for one another rubs off on our student body, creating a strong and professional learning community.”
Cleveland Campus Difference Maker, Michael Merriman has been with the campus since it opened in 2009.