Meet Matthew, Our IT Assistant
Matthew Merrell, a 19-year-old IT Assistant at SEO Inc., is perseverant, intelligent, and highly technologically skilled. However, Matthew did not walk into his success without overcoming numerous obstacles that would cause most people to give up on their dreams and aspirations. Matthew was born and raised in San Marcos, California, and attended a local high school near the road from SEO Inc. called San Marcos High School. Matthew also enjoys writing, gaming, reading, and, most importantly, he loves helping others.
Matthew lives a life that most people will never know or even understand. Since birth, Matthew has had health challenges ranging from being hard of hearing, living with glaucoma, and even being classified by the government as legally blind. However, Matthew doesn’t let these health challenges define who he is as a person. Instead, he uses them as motivation to reach his goals and dreams in life.
Early in life, Matthew was taught how to read Braille, which was difficult because he is only partially blind and can still read most things to a certain degree. However, his perseverant attitude and superior intelligence allowed Matthew to master reading Braille in no time.
Matthew was not satisfied with reading Braille, so he decided to utilize special computer programs as his primary resource for learning and working in school. He knew quickly that he had a natural talent and passion for computers because he spent so much time working with them in the disability resource programs he was a part of early on in life.
Over time, Matthew got more and more skilled with computers and technology. His skills stood out to the high school district’s visual instructor with whom he had worked over the years, so much so that she recommended him to our CEO Garry Grant for an internship at SEO Inc. Shortly after this, Matthew was hired as an intern. Matthew’s days as an intern wouldn’t last long because, after about a month or so of working as an intern, Matthew ended up landing himself a part-time job here at the company. Matthew’s success benefited him and our company and other students in the local school system with similar health challenges.
Recently, school budget cuts threatened the existence of the workability program that Matthew and so many other students in the school district had benefited from. However, Matthew’s visual instruction teacher stood up for the program at the budget cut meeting and told the board Matthew’s success story. Immediately after she told his story, the lead board member said he no longer wanted to consider cutting the budget for the workability program from the school system.
Matthew has and will keep succeeding in life, whether in technology or with breaking down borders for people who struggle with blindness and other disabilities. Matthew’s talents and abilities will take him far in life. One thing is for sure: wherever Matthew goes with his life, the people around him will continue to be blessed by him.