Mary Catherine Swanson

Founder and Executive Director, Advancement Via Individual Determination Center (AVID), San Diego, CA
Nominated By: Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.

Mary Catherine Swanson taught high school English for 20 years. During that time she was instrumental in developing numerous award winning language arts programs. In 1980 she developed AVID, a secondary school program which prepares underachieving students for four-year college entry.

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