ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Mike Metzler was far from contented by his job in the advertising world, but unlike so many others who feel caged in their careers, Metzler did something about it.
He became a teacher.
“When you find your spot all is right with the universe and that’s how it felt to me when I stepped into a classroom,” Metzler said.
He only recently started teaching English at Our Lady of Mercy High School, but his impact was felt almost immediately.
“He’s so loving, he’s gone through a lot and really devotes himself to all his students, every class, we go into class and he’ll say, ‘Hi, I love you all!’” said Caroline Thomas, a sophomore who nominated Metzler for the Golden Apple Award.
Metzler is the type of teacher who leaves a bowl of fruit out for students who didn’t get enough breakfast.
“Mike has both the head and heart. He’s an enormously accomplished academician and he truly cares about young people individually,” said Suzanne Johnston, Our Lady of Mercy’s president.
After receiving the Golden Apple Award, Metzler said, “Now I really feel as though day in and day out, good days and bad we’re doing some good.”