Faculty Spotlight: Nick Merklin

Teacher - Seventh Grade Life Science and Pre-algebra
Department and Program Affiliations:
Middle School, Summer Reading Committee, Bulldog Basketball

Defensive Coordinator, Varsity Football
Head Coach, Boys’ Junior Orange Basketball
Academic background:
B.A., Biology, Grinnell College
M.Ed., Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
How long have you been at Norfolk Academy?
This is my eighth year at Norfolk Academy.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
I thoroughly enjoy getting to know people and feeding off of their energy. Teaching and coaching allow me to do both. It is great to have a career where I am excited to come to work each day.  

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
The people - from students and parents to support staff, teachers, and coaches, etc. This place is made up of really great people!   

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
…of the sense of community. Norfolk Academy is really a place of unrestricted growth and trust.

Last book read:
I’m almost done with Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?  
Working out, watching sports, hiking, and traveling.
Favorite food?
Meatloaf or steak.  

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Easy answer, it’s Tom Cruise. Only one of the greatest actors of all time. He also has impeccable running form on the big screen.  
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising:
I once visited two zoos in one day.  

“When I grow up, I want to be…”
…paid to share my viewpoints about sports on ESPN.