“He is energetic, loves his trade and shares that passion for his trade with his students, and he always encourages them to do well,” said LeBouthillier. Swanson worked as a contractor in the plumbing and heating industry for 13 years, prior to beginning his teaching career at Emmett. He’s been a teacher at Emmett for the past four years, which was his first teaching experience besides when he was in the Army reserve. Teaching students about the “awesome trade” he’s so passionate about was a no-brainer for Swanson. “People make jokes about what type of work plumbers actually do on a daily basis, but plumber bucktown chicago 773-717-7550 they do not know the amount of experience and technical know-how that you need to succeed,” said Swanson. “I have been very fortunate that I was able to make some key business contacts that I worked with over 13 years as a contractor.” Taking what he’s learned and translating that to students in the classroom is what makes Swanson tick. “Some of the best things about this job is when you give a student a project or task to complete and you can see that they are struggling understanding what they are supposed to make, build or figure out. ... Then the light bulb moment comes on and then you see how proud they are for completing the assignment,” Swanson said. “That makes you come back for more days just like this one.” Watching twelfth-graders complete and execute their senior projects, which is a graduation requirement, is one of the most rewarding experiences for Swanson as a teacher, especially when they choose a shop topic as their project.
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