Dana Swenson, 2nd Grade Spanish Immersion Assistant


I am so excited to join the McDonald International team this year! I am passionate about bilingual education and I feel the more you stretch and pull your mind, the more open and balanced you will be in the future.

I am from Bainbridge Island, WA but I lived in Spain for 17 years. I spent my senior year at UCLA on a study abroad program in Granada where I fell in love with the culture, lifestyle and customs. Six months into the program, I met my husband and four years later we got married and started a family. Now I am back in the Pacific Northwest, rediscovering my roots and teaching my family my culture. It’s been a crazy ride, but well worth it!

I have a B.A. in World Literature from UCLA and I taught English as a Second Language in Spain for four years.

In my spare time I enjoy watching my boys play soccer and my daughter play the piano, having coffee with friends, and knitting.

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