Merrick Brewer is the 2009 recipient of the NEiTA, National Teacher of the Year Award for Innovation for his work in developing passion learning. He is currently an educator in Victoria, Australia, who has a particular interest and experience in working with young adolescent learners. He is enthusiastic about making learning relevant and meaningful through the use of real-life examples. His aim is to engage learners by encouraging them to develop their passions and interests. Merrick believes that passion learning is a powerful way to ensure that all children experience success in self-directed learning.