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Teacher of the Week: Mr. Swanson

Samantha Kar, Staff Reporter

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As most students who have had him know, Mr. Swanson is passionate about his students, teaching, family, and relationship with God. Going into his fourth year as a math teacher at La Salle, Mr. Swanson teaches his students the value of hard work and enjoys sharing stories about his strong faith. The Falconer interviewed Mr. Swanson to get better insight about his past before La Salle, his time here now, and what he enjoys doing outside of school.

Mr. Swanson attended Northwest Nazarene University for his undergraduate degree and received his Masters in Education from the University of Portland. A surprising fact is that history was his favorite subject in school and still is today.

Before transitioning to La Salle, Mr. Swanson taught at public school for thirty-four years, and he says that “God brought [him] to La Salle.” This year, Mr. Swanson teaches Honors Algebra 2 and AP Calculus AB.

How Mr. Swanson got into math is remarkable, as he began at a young age. He recalls his first memory of teaching math “in third grade sitting in my sister’s bed helping her with her Algebra,” he said. Impressively, his sister was seven years older, a sophomore in high school. Some additional math experiences he had include being the manager of a football team and helping his wife pass college Algebra.

Since coming to La Salle, a challenge Mr. Swanson has faced is the “long transition time after teaching public school for so long.” It is safe to say that Mr. Swanson has settled in well, as his room is packed before school, during break, and after school. Anyone walking by can clearly see that room 135 is a place filled with positivity and high energy, where students can ask for math help or simply hang out.

It is no surprise that when asked what he enjoys the most about teaching math and what his favorite part of La Salle is, Mr. Swanson does not hesitate to say, “The kids, the kids are so fun, and the whole thing about teaching a subject that so many people find confusing is so challenging and so fun.”

Outside of school, Mr. Swanson enjoys the outdoors, including kayaking and hiking. He and his wife live on a houseboat, where they can simply “kayak off [their] back deck.” Also, Mr. Swanson has four kids, along with two grandchildren, so he loves to visit them and go on vacation.

Mr. Swanson’s advice to his students is, “Don’t be afraid to struggle. Remember to be kind and loving. Try not to say anything you have to ever undo. As you finish school or all the time, try to be useful, do something for the world.”

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What’s your favorite part about Mr. Swanson’s class? Let us know in the comments below.

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7 Responses to “Teacher of the Week: Mr. Swanson”

  1. Nicole Khoury on October 4th, 2017 5:11 pm

    YES SWANNY IS BOMB!! I love his stories about his kids in class and the way he teaches is super fun!

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  2. Aylin Begines on October 4th, 2017 5:36 pm

    Go Mr. Swanson!! I love how he never gives up on his students, and he purposely stalls in class for us to ask him questions. His stories are awesome. Also I LOVE his ties!! 👔📈📊

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  3. Anna McClow on October 4th, 2017 7:24 pm

    Awwww Swanson is one of my favorite teachers at La Salle. He’s such a sweetheart and is always open to helping his students with whatever we need to understand the concepts. I love you Swanny ❤️❤️

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  4. Andrew Craeton on October 4th, 2017 7:40 pm

    Definitely one of the best and my favorite teacher at La Salle. His class is super fun and Mr. Swanson loves and cares about all of his students.

    P.S.
    Swanny should have been teacher of the year.

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  5. Rebecca Ly on October 4th, 2017 8:43 pm

    Yay!! I’m so happy that Mr. Swanson is the teacher of the week! This is only my first month having him as a teacher but I already love it so much. Math has never been a fun subject for me but Mr. Swanson is always so understanding and patient with everyone. He’s always cracking everyone up with all his stories but also teaches in a way that is easy to understand. I love it when he greets everyone by name before class starts; he’s the absolute sweetest! 💕

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  6. Brigid Hanley on October 4th, 2017 9:27 pm

    Mr. Swanson cares so much about his students, it’s amazing- and very unlikely that you’ll hear him say no to anyone who comes in and asks for anything, math help, a reccommendation, or just to leave things in the room. His generosity is unbelievable, and I remember being surprised when last year, he took the time in class to have each of us write down things we wanted prayers for, which he collected and promised to pray over for us, because it demonstrated a level of caring that is unprecedented, as if each student were a member of his family. He is a role model for our La Sallian Community.

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  7. Izzy Ierulli on October 5th, 2017 6:08 am

    Mr. Swanson is one of the best role models, teachers, and people I’ve ever known!!! He has a way of teaching math that actually makes you able to understand (I have no idea how he does it😉😉), and he never, ever gets tired of helping. Even if you ask the same question twenty times, he will continually answer (in twenty different ways, might I add) until you truly understand. However, what I find truly remarkable about Mr. Swanson is his wonderful personality. He is a person that truly cares about each and every one of his students. I don’t think there has ever been a day that I (or anyone that I know, for that matter) has left his classroom feeling unwanted or unloved. You can be having an absolutely horrible day, but you always feel better when say “Hi” to Swan, and he comes up to give you a great big hug. He has taught me more about care, compassion, and understanding than any other teacher , and I’m so so grateful to have known him these last four years. Much love, Swan❤️❤️, You deserve teacher of the century🌟🌟

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