June 22, 2004
Todd Daniels has wanted to work as an exchange teacher for three years.
A second-grade teacher at Sanborn Elementary School in Chandler, Daniels was chosen in 2002 to trade places with a woman who teaches in England. At the last moment, she pulled out.
He applied the next year, was chosen, but a match couldn’t be found.
Accepted again in December, he got good news in May. He’s off to the United Kingdom for the 2004-05 school year. Daniels will exchange classrooms with Scottish teacher Kate Nicholson and teach in Edinburgh at the Curriehill Primary School.
Daniels is one of four teachers in the state and two in the East Valley who are part of the federally sponsored Fulbright program aimed at increasing understanding between Americans and people in other nations, said Roberta Croll, an outreach specialist for the program.
Daniels said he has been reading about Scotland, preparing for his trip.
"I’m looking forward to experiencing things that you can’t do on vacation," he said. "I really want to get to know the people."
His wife of a year, Mary, is going with him.
Daniels and Nicholson won’t only be switching jobs, they’ll be switching homes.
"We were told to make her feel more comfortable, to take down all of our personal things, such as photos, and make a neutral setting," Daniels said. "We want to make her feel like it’s her place."
Daniels said he would like to learn more about Scotland first-hand from someone from that country. Interested people can e-mail him at
Lucee Seiter, an English teacher at Chandler’s Hamilton High School, will be going to Bulgaria for the fall.