Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Swanson is the Middle and High School Social Studies teacher at MIPS. Mr. Swanson graduated from Royal Oak Shrine High School in 1996. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master’s Degree in History and Educational Leadership from Wayne State. Mr. Swanson has been teaching grades 6th-12th since 2001 and has worked mostly in Detroit schools. He began teaching online in 2009 and has served as an adjunct History professor for the University of Phoenix, Macomb Community College, Wayne County Community College, and Baker College. Mr. Swanson has also worked in online education for Edmentum and Edgenuity, having trained and mentored staff in using both platforms.
Chris is a sports enthusiast. He coached JV and Varsity Football at Berkley and Madison Heights High School for about 6 years, as well as JV Basketball. He enjoys traveling and all things historical. Chris currently resides with his wife and two children on Lake St Clair.
Why Chris chose MIPS...
“I came to MIPS because of the trending situation in online education. My passion for helping, guiding, and developing children has never wavered, and the ability to continue that work still persists. Being able to continue relationship-building in the online world was definitely appealing to me. Also, I wanted to be able to be more flexible than brick-and-mortar teaching, in a similar way that students want to be less anxious and stuck to routines. The level of inspiration that comes with being on my own schedule has made this a high point in my career.”