Chris Merriman

Individuals and Societies in French Teacher

Bonjour! I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, where I received two departmental prizes for my senior thesis on the Algerian National Soccer team’s role in the Algerian War of Independence. I then joined the Peace Corps, where I taught 5th grade for two years at Tiguibery Elementary School in the West African nation of Guinea-Conakry. After a six-week road trip through West Africa, I moved to Washington D.C. in 2014. I love learning and teaching history, especially that which pertains to lesser-studied parts of the world. I studied journalism in college and am also passionate about teaching creative writing and journalism. I spent much of my childhood attending public schools in southern France, where I learned French from an early age. I also studied Spanish in high school and college and, most recently, led teenagers on soccer service trips to Costa Rica. The next language I hope to learn is Arabic. I am an avid soccer player and fan. I also play the drums and enjoy listening to various types of music. I enjoy traveling, speaking foreign languages and learning about different cultures. I am thrilled to join the DCI staff. I look forward to joining an internationally-minded community that prizes different cultures and languages. I hope to instill in my students a life-long curiosity in the outside world and guide them on the path to becoming global citizens.