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Shannon Swann, Director of International Programs

Shannon-Swann-International-ProgramsShannon Swann, Dir. of International Programs

Madame Swann is the Director of International Programs and a French teacher at University High School. She joined our faculty in 2002.


B.A. in Political Science and French, Purdue University
M.A.T. in Foreign Language Teaching, Purdue University
Additional coursework completed in curriculum and instruction as well as adult education.
Spent year studying at the Université de Strasbourg in France

Past Experience

Founder and Owner, Center for English Studies
French and English Instructor, Purdue University
English Instructor, Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine (Kuwait)
English Lecturer, Université de Grenoble (France)
Exchange Program Coordinator, ASSE International
Study Abroad Counselor, Purdue University


2019 French Teacher of the Year, Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French
2019 Awardee, Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship
2017 Instructor, IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages
2017 Panelist, Religious Freedom Event sponsored by Nur-Allah Islamic Center and Alliance Française
2015 Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities
Board Member, Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (3 Years)
Indiana Chapter President, American Association of Teachers of French
Reader, AP French Language and Culture Exam
Presenter, American Association of Teachers of French National Conference in 2012 and 2014
Participant, IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages

2023-24 Courses

AP French Language & Culture
French 3
French 4

J-Term 2024

Roman France: The Culture, Art and History

What do you like about working at University High School?

I love teaching at University High School because there are so many opportunities to bring the language to life for my students. With smaller classes and the possibility for travel during January Term, my students get to have authentic experiences that really enhance their language learning and cultural understanding.

Personal Information

I have one son, a graduate of The Orchard School and a 2012 graduate of University High School. I love politics, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Contact Shannon

Telephone: (317) 733-4475, ext. 157
Email: sswann@universityhighschool.org