Northwest NEWS

July 29, 2002


WHS teacher heads for Scotland

Ernest Merritt, a mathmatics teacher at Woodinville High School, has been selected to serve a one-year Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in Scotland.
   He will teach five different math courses at The Royal High School in Edinborough, covering students in grades 6-12. The school was founded in 1170.
   As part of the exchange program, Woodinville High School will host Alistair Oliver, a teacher at The Royal High School. Oliver will teach Merritt's class schedule at Woodinville High School during the 2002-2003 school year.
   Merritt and his family will leave in late July for orientation in Washington D.C. and will arrive in Scotland on Aug. 3.
   The 195-day Scottish school year starts Aug. 20. The Merritts have two children, including a grade school age son who will attend elementary school and a daughter who will attend preschool.
   They will remain in Scotland until July or August 2003.
   Merritt just completed his fourth year teaching mathematics at Woodinville and his 13th year overall as a teacher.
   The Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program will place approximately 250 U.S. teachers in foreign countries for the 2002-2003 academic year.
   Established in 1946, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.
   During the 2000-2001 school year, Woodinville High Science teacher Bob Connell spent a year teaching in South Africa as part of the Fulbright program.