Leanna Swanson | University of Northwestern, St. Paul
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Leanna Swanson, M.A.T.

Adjunct Instructor

M.A. Bethel University

B.A. Bethel University

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N1043
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


Leanna Swanson joined the University of Northwestern faculty in 2014 when she started teaching on-site PSEO for the Office of Dual Enrollment at Southwest Christian High School in Chaska, MN. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles for the history department in the Office of Dual Enrollment, Traditional Undergraduate programs, and in the School of Education. Leanna teaches several courses at Northwestern, ranging from American History to Geography.

Leanna Swanson has a passion for implementing educational best practices in the classroom. She partners with students, using choice, intrinsic motivation and strength building to explore the many personal and community applications of Social Studies. She believes that the lessons learned in the social sciences can help form whole students who are better able to understand the work of God in themselves and others. She is also very interested in preserving local histories that foster a meaningful sense of connection to the past. To this end, she has worked with schools to better preserve their own histories and with the Minnesota History Center's Education Department.

Leanna grew up in the Twin Cities. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bethel University. She and her husband Tim live with their two young children in Shoreview, MN. They love sailing in the summer, exploring the outdoors year-round, and spending time with family and friends.

Professional Accomplishments/Associations

NCTA National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Member and Alumna, AP Teacher and AP Community Member Minnesota Historical Society Member, Active Minnesota State Teaching License, Social Studies, 5-12

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