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Carey Swanberg: Education Star

Carey Swanberg

Carey (Corum) Swanberg was inducted into the Montana Western Education Hall of Fame during the annual ceremony held earlier this year.

She attended the University of Montana Western from 1972-1976 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Swanberg was then hired by the Ronan School District that same year. She remained at the school for forty years before retiring in 2016. During her tenure as an educator, she was an integral member of the Lake County community.

Her achievements include building a joint school and community garden, winning a Gold Star Award in Recognition of Excellence for the 2005-06 school year, and creating a Home Reading Incentive Program that is still in operation today.

She spent five years as head volleyball coach at Ronan High School and was part of a committee that brought women’s volleyball to Montana in 1979.

Even after her retirement, Swanberg continues to educate her community about physical health. She has been a FoodCorps site supervisor, a national non-profit that works to create healthier schools by placing service members in public schools to teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition. She is also a member of the SciNation advisory committee to encourage Native American involvement in the STEM fields while promoting and respecting tribal cultural values.

Swanberg’s favorite memories at Montana Western revolve around the intramural sports program. Her athletic activities included softball, flag football, racquetball, and tennis.

Each year, educators like Carey Swanberg are inducted into the Montana Western Education Hall of Fame thanks to the partnership between the University of Montana Western and Stockman Bank.

Do you know an outstanding educator from the University of Montana Western? If so, we want to hear from you! We are currently soliciting nominations for the 2020 Education Hall of Fame Awards. Please email alumni@umwestern.edu for more information.

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