Radford City Schools

Brandon Merix-3rd Grade

Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to 3rd Grade!  I am looking forward to beginning my journey here with you at Belle Heth Elementary. 
This is my first year teaching at Belle Heth.  I committed to graduate from Blacksburg High School in 1999.  I also committed to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2004 and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2016.  After over a decade of working in the restaurant industry, and later the real estate industry, I finally realized what I wanted to be when I grew up.  While living on the coast of North Carolina, I began pursuing a career in education.  After completion of my Master's degree at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, my wife and I decided it was time to make a change.  As we were looking at places to move to, the idea to move back home started creeping into our conversations.  We took the leap during the summer of 2016, and haven't looked back since! 
My favorite part about elementary school was the 4th grade field trip to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown.  I can remember being in awe at the sight of things that I had only learned about in a classroom.  Here was this real life textbook! 
Again, I am so excited to meet everyone and begin this journey together!