If you note a hint of the Queen's English in our new physics teacher's voice, it is because she spent six years at the most prestigious school in the world. Dr. Merriman graduated from Oxford University in 2014 with a Doctorate in Archeological Science. "Attending Oxford University was the best decision of my life," said Dr. Merriman. "I loved the people and all of the different cultures at the university."
Dr. Merriman is teaching Physics 1 and Physics 2 at Benedictine and hopes to add Physics in the AP level in the future. Dr. Merriman appears to be well respected by the students at Benedictine. “Thus far I have really enjoyed her class,” said Cadet Captain D’Andre Tobias. “I look forward to learning a lot from such a prestigious scholar.”
Before attending Oxford, Dr. Merriman graduated from high school in Augusta, Georgia, where she swam, ran track and performed in theatre. After graduation, Dr. Merriman attended George Washington University, where she studied chemistry, archeology and classical Languages.
Over the course of Dr. Merriman's college career, she not only studied in the science department, but she also studied the German, Latin, ancient Greek, and Mycenean Greek languages. By definition, Dr. Merriman is a Renaissance Woman, being an expert in several fields.
In addition to being a scholar of science, Dr. Merriman is highly involved in church. Having found a passion for Christ at an early age, Dr. Merriman spent time in Israel on a pilgrimage. "Walking around Israel, where great prophets and the apostles were, is a real faith- capturing moment," said Dr. Merriman.
One of the key reasons Dr. Merriman wanted to teach at Benedictine is because she admired how Benedictine is a faith-based school. Likewise, Dr. Merriman attended a faith-based school, similar to Benedictine, which enabled her to understand the values of Benedictine. In addition, Dr. Merriman is familiar with the military portion of the school because her father spent several years in the Navy. As a result of her father's deployments overseas, Dr. Merriman spent two summers in the Middle East, which significantly expanded her culture.
Not too many schools in the area have a teacher with a resume comparable to Dr. Merriman. Benedictine is fortunate to have such a teacher and is eager to see the values Dr. Merriman will bring not only in the science department, but also to the school in general.