Anita Swanson is a Spanish teacher at Alpha Omega Academy. Self-described as I am sincere, kind, and thoughtful, Swanson is a mother of five wonderful grown kids and is a veteran of more than 25 years teaching Spanish, many of those years online. She also teaches part-time for an online university.
“My favorite part of the job is interacting with students,” Swanson said. “It makes me feel great when they come in with questions and then leave feeling great because their confusion has turned into understanding.”
Swanson grew up in North Carolina, but she left the Tar Heel State for college and graduate school. After over 20 years of surviving Ohio winters, she finally returned to North Carolina, where she loves to garden. Her dream is to start a non-profit company called “Fruit for All” that plants fruit trees, nut trees, and berry bushes on public lands, such as school grounds, parks, etc., to help with hunger.
Swanson also has a knack for meeting famous people without planning it, including former President Gerald Ford, Martina Navratilova, Cyndi Lauper, and Willie Nelson.
“I once was on a recruitment trip with the former president of the college I ended up attending for my undergraduate degree,” she said. “He and his wife were taking me there for a visit to see if I’d want to go there. They said, ‘We’re going to stop off for dinner at a friend’s house on the way, if you don’t mind.’ It ended up being Billy Graham’s house!”
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” (1 John 3:18).