Grand Meadow ISD 495‚Äč

710 4th Ave NE  PO Box 68  Grand Meadow, MN 55936  Phone: 507-754-5318  Fax: 507-754-5608

Mrs. Christina Swanek - 9th Grade Intro to Agriculture
                                       Animal Science Biology and Technology
                                       Middle School Math Tutor

 I am very excited to be teaching at Grand Meadow for my second year!!  I will be teaching Animal Biology and Technology, 9th Grade Introduction to Agriculture, and tutoring 8th grade math students.

A little bit about myself, I love agriculture and I love science.  If you think about it...agriculture was the first science.  Since the beginning of the human race we have been trying to improve on the food we eat, the shelter we have, the clothing we wear, etc.  Who wouldn't find this subject fascinating.  I hope to instill in our students a curiosity in Agriculture.  We should all be active in understanding and promoting agriculture in our community, especially since it affects us all on a daily basis.  While many may not notice it, the science of agriculture is constantly changing and evolving.  There are always new problems to solve and ways we could improve current methods.  My hopes are to spark a desire to solve problems, improve on ideas, and create students who are knowledgeable consumers of agricultural products.

I really enjoy helping students who struggle in math.  I was never one of those students who "just understood math".  I had to work at it.  When a student says, "I don't get it", I understand that frustration.  If one way of explaining a problem does not click, I will find another way to help them understand.  My best days tutoring is when I see the "light bulb" go off on a students face.  I love the challenge of finding new ways to engage and make students learn math.  

As well as teaching at our wonderful school, I also do the accounting for Swanek Nutrition Consulting.  My husband and I built this business 10 years ago and work with dairy cattle farmers within a 200 mile radius.  Keeping up-to-date on current research and consumer and market trends is essential to running a business like this.  We also have a herd of 38 Angus cows.  We breed for replacement and show quality females.  We are always busy looking into new genetics to add to our herd.  All of our cows are artificially inseminated (no bulls on the property).  We also use IVF (in vitro fertilization) and ET (embryo transfer).  

Contact: Christina Swanek