David Swanson
High School Agriculture Education Instructor
Hawley FFA Advisor

Growing up in south Minneapolis I had several experiences that helped me decided on a degree in Agriculture Education.  The foremost experience was working summers on a small dairy farm in northern Wisconsin near the town of Poplar.  After graduating from the University of Minnesota twin cities campus in 1984 I worked in the Horticulture –Landscaping industry in northern California for about 2 years until I was hired by the Hawley School District in the fall of 1986.   I have enjoyed being able to update my classes as I have experienced the changes in agriculture over the years.  My curriculum is based on the idea that agriculture is a viable career for many young people these days.  This does not necessarily mean they will be farmers but instead they can explore the possibilities of a career area in agricultural business and marketing or science and technology which are expanding and have a shortage of applicants.
 
My day seldom gets boring teaching a wide spectrum of classes and units such as:  Welding, Small Engines, Horticulture, Business Management, Electrical, Plumbing, Record Keeping, Bio-Technology, Soils, Crops, Livestock, Technology and Parliamentary Procedure.
 
I am also responsible to advise the senior high and junior high FFA chapters, which provides an opportunity to introduce students to leadership and award opportunities. 
 
I have had several opportunities to improve myself as a teacher through staff development opportunities in Italy, Wyoming, Mexico, Washington D. C. and Maryland.
 
I enjoy teaching and look forward to having your son or daughter come through my door.

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