Marana High School's Diane Swan, teaching her students to save - Tucson News Now

Marana High School's Diane Swan, teaching her students to save

Diane Swan, Marana High School Math teacher. Diane Swan, Marana High School Math teacher.
MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

KOLD is teaming up with the UA Athletics Department and Circle K to introduce you to some of the most phenomenal teachers in Southern Arizona.

This week's teacher doesn't mess around, when it comes to money that is. 

Diane Swan teaches math at Marana High School, and she is determined to set her students up for success. 

Tucson News Now caught up with Mrs. Swan during her financial literacy class, and believe it or not, most of these teens have never saved money before. 

"I just kind of assumed that my parents had a bajillion dollars, but now that I've taken the class I understand why my mom and dad are always stressed," said one student in Swan's class.

"Before this class I would just spend my money on anything.  If I had it I'd spend it and now I've learned to save," said another.

All of this is music to Mrs. Swan's ears.  For more than two decades, she's been getting her kids to save.  She wants them to dream big, but also be able to find a way to finance those dreams. 

"It's cool to see the kids excel," said Swan.  "It's cool to see them all of a sudden go ‘I totally get this'."

On this day they were talking about the difference between a job and a career.  She couldn't stress enough how important it is for students to work at a career, not just be stuck with a job. 

"I especially see that with this unit in particular is where kids are really thoughtfully thinking about what they want to do in the future, where they want to be, how they want to be productive adults," said Swan. 

And some are introduced to a field they never thought they'd be interested in. 

For instance one of Swan's students, Damon Burdett had only seen himself in a career involving music. 

"I'm more of a music arts guy, so probably for me music is something I'd like to do," said Damon. 

 But after filling out a career assessment, he learned he may also be good at something else, real estate. 

Just take a look around the classroom and you can see why her students dare to dream. 

Mrs. Swan bases her education philosophy on the Wizard of OZ. 

"The students could tell you, it's my favorite movie.  The meaning behind it is, whatever you want to do is inside of you.  You just have to look." 

"She's kind of like my mom at school, and she's really easy to talk to just cause she's Mrs. Swan, she's just that person you can go to for anything," said one student. 

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