Carl Swenson was in for a big surprise when he was called down to the gym to handle an “emergency.” He walked into the room filled with students and faculty all applauding this wonderful educator. Principal Swenson was awarded the prestigious Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Monday, April 29, 2013.
While presenting the award, Karen Huntsman stated, “Education is something that is very important to my husband and our family. We are here to honor the very best junior high principal we could find. Mr. Swenson wants to make a difference in your life.”
Mr. Swenson was nominated by colleagues who say he is a master teacher and leader who helps his students and teachers, too. His motto as an administrator has been “We teach students first, then content second.” His focus on student success is obvious when looking at several programs put in place at the junior high. One of these include Grizzly Club, which rewards students with good grades, attendance and behavior to an outing from school once every term. and Grizzly Den, which is either remediation time for students who need extra help from teachers or a reward for those who are keeping their grades high. Mr. Swenson’s love for athletics also translates into the school with various activities through the year including a triathlon and a fun run.
After being presented the award, Swenson told the crowd that “Being in education has impacted me. I am a better person because of you.” Thank you, Mr. Swenson, for all that you do for your students, staff, and school! We appreciate all of your hard work and are better people because of you!