Julie Swedin
English Instructor


Julie Swedin grew up in Victor, Montana and spent her senior year of high school living with a host family in Samsun, Turkey through the AFS exchange program. Upon returning to Montana, she attended the University of Montana and double majored in journalism and political science. In 1992, she earned a B.A. in journalism with an emphasis on broadcasting. She moved to Yakima and worked at the CBS station KIMA as an education and health reporter from 1993-1996. After falling in love with the classroom, Julie went back to school at Central Washington University. She received her education credentials in English, taught composition,and completed a M.A. in English Literature in 1999. Julie's work onthe development of rhetoric during the Renaissance as shown in the play King Lear was recognized as "Best Thesis of the Year." Julie joined the staff at Eisenhower High School in 1999, where she taught all levels of English, including senior advanced placement. She also developed and implemented class curriculum, and served as the speech and debate coach for two years. Since 2008 Julie has been thrilled to teach English composition, literature, and public speaking at Yakima Valley College. She lives in Selah with her husband and two children.

Advance Schedule Requirements:Two to three weeks
Travel Restrictions:Yakima County


Shakespeare and Renaissance Theatre In this presentation on the life and times of Shakespeare and an overview of Renaissance theatre, Julie Swedin discusses what life was like for an actor living in Renaissance England and the colorful history of the Globe theatre.

Other options for this presentation include a discussion of why we still read Shakespeare, or Julie Swedin can provide a lesson introducing a specific sonnet or play.
Please contact Joy Clark for more information and scheduling
509.574.6800 x 3285/