AVA SWANSON earned her B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies and her M.A. in Language Teaching Specialization from the University of Oregon. Her terminal project focused on using children’s literature with adult language learners to foster individual and family literacy. She has worked with youth and adults in several capacities, including as an educational assistant, recreation leader, and language tutor. At Northwest Academy, she teaches high school Spanish 1 and middle school Language & Learning Labs. When not in the classroom, she enjoys embroidering, camping, reading, and taking road trips to new and familiar places. Ava has been with Northwest Academy since 2017.