When Logan Swann graduated from Redwood Valley High School in 2013 he knew eventually he wanted to come home.

How that would play out as Swann started his college studies had not been determined.

So, Swann began studying at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

Ultimately, Swann made a change as a college sophomore that led him to St. Cloud where he began pursuit of a degree in education at St. Cloud State University.

At the end of this past fall semester, Swann had earned his degree in special education, and at the start of the second semester of the 2017-18 school year he was able to come home and begin his career at his alma mater.

“I am teaching special education in the middle school,” said Swann, adding he is currently working with about 20 different students in Grades 5-8.

Swann said he made his decision to pursue a degree in special education because it gave him a chance to work with kids, and he knew there is a lot of demand right now in the state for those who want to work in it.

He also figured that would be a good avenue through which he could return to the community where he was raised.

“I have always liked Redwood Falls,” said Swann, adding he is glad to be back.

As a special education teacher, Swann is focusing on helping students who are falling behind academically in math and language arts. 

During the day, Swann meets with small groups of students, with about an hour allocated for each of the groups. He also has times during the day when he meets with students in even smaller groups providing them with more one-on-one time to help them as they work to understand what is being taught in the more traditional classroom setting.

Swann said he follows along with the curriculum that each student is learning all in an effort to help them grasp the concepts that are being taught in order to help them transition back to the traditional classroom on a full-time basis.

While Swann has not been away from school that long, he has already seen some changes in the program being offered to students.

“There is a lot more technology available for students today,” said Swann, adding the use of Chromebooks is a great way to save time for him and students.

As a new teacher, Swann said he has appreciated the support he has received from fellow special education teachers, including Amanda Johnson and Jenae Healing, as well as from his mentor, Stacie Hicks, who is also a special education teacher.

Swann, who played baseball at the college level, said he is hoping to get involved with the local school’s program, adding he plans to help out this spring however he can. He added down the road he might even consider coaching as an option.

For now, he is settling in to his first teaching job, adding in the first few weeks things have been going very well. He is learning a lot about the extra demands of being involved in special education, including the planning meetings for each student he serves, as well as the paperwork that is required from him and his fellow special education teachers.

Swann said he is still playing baseball and also enjoys golf.