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By Marc Lutz 

Teacher makes no bones about showing science to fourth graders


October 28, 2021

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Brian Merritt, a fourth grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary, is surrounded by the animals that he uses to teach biology to his students.

Readin', writin' and skinnin'?

What might raise eyebrows and turn stomachs in more metropolitan locations is just another day of teaching for Brian Merritt at Evergreen Elementary.

For 30 of his 33 years of teaching at the school, Merritt has given lessons in biology and anatomy by skinning deer and cleaning fish. It's a method that illustrates exactly what he's trying to relay to his fourth grade class.

"I started as a biology major and wanted to teach high school science. I didn't care for it over at the high school, so then I went and got my elementary credential," he said. "Well, I've...

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