Kim Swanson – VCS Class of 2014
Kim Swanson has always had a good worldly perspective as she began traveling at the age of 8 years old, taking a trip with her mother to the Republic of Georgia, and she has been to a total of 25 countries since. But it wasn’t always an easy journey.
Kim was homeschooled through the 8th grade and enrolled at Venice Christian School as a Freshman. She came to the school without classroom experience, but felt that she was in control and didn’t need help. When Kim discovered that she had a learning disability, she wasn’t happy to be sent to the VCS Student Services Director Anne Stuckey for assistance. Unwilling at first to ask for or receive help, Kim met with Mrs. Stuckey simply to do a daily reading of a “back to the basics” book together. Over time, a trust was established between them.
Kim said, “Mrs. Stuckey let me be me. She met me where I was at, and modeled her faith to me. This relationship encouraged me, and helped me on my journey to ‘own my faith’.”
As Kim opened up, Mrs. Stuckey was able to teach her proper study habits, how to problem solve, time management and test-taking skills. By the end of her senior year, Kim graduated as Valedictorian of her class. Kim then went on to Major in English and Intercultural Studies at Southeastern University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Kim is now teaching English as a second language to Chinese Students through “VIP Kid,” and has continued to travel, reaching seven countries in 2018 alone.