April 11, 2011—Grant Swanson, a North Central College senior majoring in English, has accepted a position with Teach for America.
Swanson, of Omaha, Neb., will commit at least two years teaching children in a high-need elementary school on a Native American reservation in South Dakota, one of nearly 40 sites nationwide where Teach for America’s 8,200 corps members serve. Teach for America participants are recent college graduates who work to raise achievement levels at high-need schools. The program is highly selective; participants undergo a rigorous screening process and five weeks of teacher training.
“I think it will be a great cultural experience,” Swanson says. “I’ve done a little bit of teaching and really enjoyed it. I don’t know if I’ll go into education as a career, but this feels like a good fit and a chance to give something back.”
At North Central, Swanson has studied abroad, participated with service missions in foreign countries and been active in academic and extracurricular activities. He serves as co-editor of the North Central Review, a student-run literary journal. In April this year, he participated in an International Justice Mission conference in Washington, D.C. In March, he toured Italy as a member of North Central’s Concert Choir and chronicled the eight-day tour on a blog.
He studied abroad for a term at Oxford University in Oxford, England, and spent a week working with orphans in San Pablo City during a ministry and service trip to the Philippines in December 2008. As a sophomore in March 2009 he presented his research paper “Verses on the Death of a Good Christian” at the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Conference in Minneapolis.
Swanson won North Central’s 2008 Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award after being involved with more than 15 activities his first year, when he also achieved Dean's List status and qualified for membership in two honor societies and the College Scholar Honors program. As a freshman, he performed in four student theatrical productions at North Central, including the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
English is among more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central College.
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