Many of you know me as “Miss Swi”; my name is Megan Swiecicki and I am honored to be the seventh grade Language Arts teacher at SJC. This is my second year teaching Language Arts at SJC, and I also help run the Fishing Club and Journalism Club. Here is a little more about me…
I grew up in Tinley Park, IL, and I attended a small Catholic school, St. George, from first through eighth grade. St. George is where I was able to explore and deepen my Catholic faith. Aside from the great Catholic education I was a part of, I also received a wonderful academic education from many inspiring teachers who gave me a starting point for becoming a teacher myself. Many people do not know this, but I attended the same school and was taught by the same English teacher in junior high as Mrs. McManus, the eighth grade Language Arts teacher. Because of this, I realize more than ever, how much of a positive impact and great influence one Language Arts teacher can have on students. I have high hopes that someday a former SJC student that I have touched will follow the same path as I did.
I attended Eastern Illinois University, where I earned my BA in English and teacher certification. I completed my practicum and student teaching at the high school level, but I knew, from the moment I walked into SJC, that I belonged here. The same Catholic values and excellent education I experienced in my youth is exactly what SJC offers. On top of that, the close-knit, super supportive community of SJC is an aspect that no other school can top!
Previous to starting at SJC, I worked at a family fun center in Tinley Park following my return from college. Working my way up from an entry level office position to a full-time manager, I grew as an individual. I still return to this position in the summer as well as some points during the school year. Additionally, I spend time in the summer tutoring students and guiding them through the required summer reading.
This is my second year as a monitor of Journalism Club, which is a great opportunity for me to connect with current and past students in a less structured setting. We create and publish two newspapers, The Wildcat, each school year. Journalism writing is much different than the writing completed in Language Arts classes, and it is great that SJC offers so many different options to appeal to students’ hobbies and interests.
This year, I am so excited to be a part of the Fishing Club. As soon as I heard the idea last year, I knew I had to be involved. I have loved fishing for as long as I can remember. My dad and grandpa have taught everyone in the family how to fish over the years. We still go on a week-long trip to Michigan in the summer, where we spend as much time fishing on the lake as possible. I have learned how to clean, filet, and cook all different kinds of lake fish. I am so happy to be able to pass some fishing skills and advice on to eighth graders at SJC. The fall session of Fishing Club went so well, and we had a great turnout. I am looking forward to the spring session!
This holiday season is especially significant for my family as my brother has just returned home after being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. We are very excited to have him home during the holidays for the first time in several years. I am also looking forward to spending more time with my two dogs during break. I recently purchased my first house, so all three of us are getting used to the new place! I am very grateful for the opportunities to be a part of students’ lives, both in the classroom and through extracurriculars. I look forward to all the new possibilities that may arise for years to come!