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Merrett leaving rec for teaching position

By Michael Butler

After 12 years with the Tallassee Recreation Department and the past year as director, Tammy Merrett is making a career change.

"I officially turned in my notice," said Merrett. "I'll be teaching special education at Reeltown High School, seventh, eighth and ninth grades starting Jan. 4."

It's a move that Merrett has contemplated for some time.

"I've always wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be a coach years ago. I felt like I missed my window."

Merrett had been within an eyelash of completing her Business degree until recently.

"I went for 19 years with four and a half hours needed. In 2019 I went back and got my degree. When I got that I thought, I'm going to try to do it."

The position move still keeps her in the state retirement system.

"It's the best of both worlds. I finally get to fulfill my dream. I'm so excited."

Still, making the decision to leave was not easy.

"It's bittersweet. I had vested so much of myself in the job. I take a lot of pride in everything we've done, all the improvements we've made. It's part of me."