Welcome to Mr. Swanson's Page
Phone: (208) 578-5030 Ext. 2351
Degrees and Certifications:
BA: University of Wyoming, English MS: University of Scranton, Educational Administration
The Wood River Valley has been my home for the last 25 years. What brought me to the district initially was the opportunity to teach in a rural K - 12 school - in 1991, I accepted a position as a Language Arts and Reading teacher at the Carey School. I was intrigued by the challenge of teaching multiple grade levels (in this case grades 7 - 10) in a unique setting. My previous teaching assignment was far removed from Carey, Idaho - a four year stint as a high school English and U.S. History teacher at the Pennington School, a boarding school outside of Princeton, New Jersey. Several years later, I transferred from Carey to Wood River Middle School where I have enjoyed teaching both Language Arts and Humanities as well as coaching football. Several years ago I earned a masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. In addition, I have a bachelor of arts degree with a dual major in English and History from Shepherd University and an bachelors in Education from the University of Wyoming. My wife Amy is a math teacher at Wood River High School and all three of our kids have attended school in the district. In addition to teaching at the middle school, I am currently a varsity football coach at Wood River High School and serve as a volunteer firefighter with the Hailey Fire Department.