Richard DeMerchant

Richard DeMerchant
Teacher, Middle School Mathematics
September, 2011
BSc, BEd (Dalhousie University), MEd (University of Saskatchewan)

Students learn how to read not because it is important to be able to read the books in school but because they need to read in life. Mathematics is the same, students learn mathematics to be able to make better decisions about life and to aid them in their future endeavours.

After graduating from Dalhousie University in 1994 Richard taught a range of subjects in Kugluktuk, Nunavut (NWT at the time) until 1998. "Just about everything except English," he says. He then took a one-year education leave and completed his course work for a Masters In Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Ironically, in the spring of 1999 he returned to Kugluktuk High School to substitute teach for a month as an English Teacher. He would later be appointed Vice Principal and also began as the first Mathematics, Science and Information Communications Technology coordinator at the school.

Looking for a change, Richard moved to Victoria in the new role as Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator. In 2003 he was seconded by the Alberta Government to lead the revision of the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol (WNCP) K-9 Mathematics Curriculum. He then returned to BC as the Math Coordinator and subsequently made his way back to the classroom at SMUS in 2011.

"I enjoy the great students at the Middle School," he says. "They are polite and wonderful people. I enjoy watching them change over their time in the school."

An avid biker and sportsman, Richard also volunteers as a Boy Scout leader, is the Independent School Rep on the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers and is the program planner for the BC Family French Camps on Vancouver Island.

"I enjoy the great staff I work with," says Richard. "Not only are they professionally challenging but they are genuinely great people. Finding someone to help out when you need help is not an issue."

His greatest pleasure is his son, who he describes as "an awesome young man." You can find Richard on Twitter under the handle: @rvdemerchant.