Meet The Colleagues

Michael Merz

Michael's Impact

2009 Gonzaga Graduate and Krista Colleague Mike Merz has found a way to combine several passions: teaching language, speech, and coaching tennis, through a two-year service term with ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education), a program that gives college graduates the opportunity to teach in under-resourced Catholic Schools. This fall in a high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, Mike's teaching schedule will include 3 Spanish classes, a public speaking course and debate team.

Mike strives to infuse all of his tasks "with a sense of enthusiasm and a passion for learning." He also carries a strong sense of purpose, particularly about language education. Describing how fluency in a foreign language enables business transactions, travel, and understanding, Mike explains "the world gets smaller every day, and all would do well to learn a little more about it." Despite putting in long hours, Mike counts many rewards from his service, noting that "the look on a student's face when that light bulb finally clicks on inside their head is an unparalleled joy."


Michael's Service Bio

As a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education program, I will be taking masters classes at Notre Dame during the summer. Throughout the school year, I will be teaching high school Spanish to lower income students.


Your Name: (Required)



Email: (Required)

Daytime Phone:

How did you find Michael's bio page? (Required)

Comments (Required)

Enter exact spam prevention code: (Required)

Privacy Notice: You can contact Michael by submitting this form. Note that due to privacy concerns, your contact will not go directly to Michael. We will receive the contact at our office and forward it along. The information you include will be used solely for contact purposes by the person you are trying to reach.

Colleague Info

Alliance for Catholic Education
North America
St. Petersburg, FL

Urban America