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E.M. "Mac" Swengel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education
School of Education
United States International University
San Diego, California

Elizabeth Swengel, 1966

  Born in 1917 in the small town of Neoga (pop.1100), in southeast-central Illinois, "Mac" Swengel followed a family tradition into teaching.

After receiving his A.B. in history with minors in English and education from the University of Illinois in 1938, he returned to his hometown for two years of high school teaching.

In 1939, he married Elizabeth Loeffler, also a U. of I. graduate and a high school teacher, and they have three daughters, all teachers.

In the summer of 1963, the Montessori movement lured Mac to Los Angeles for his basic American Montessori Society teacher training. 

After a year's intern teaching in the Montessori school he helped to establish in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Mac, with his wife and youngest daughter, moved to Los Angeles to spend five varied but intensive years---three as director of Montessori schools and teacher training courses, and a year each in UCLA's Psychology Clinic School (renamed Fernald School) and the Center for Study of Evaluation.

He enrolled in UCLA's Graduate School of Education in 1965 and received his Ph.D. in 1969, having majored in early childhood curriculum with developmental psychology as a cognate area.

Yak Phonics was originated, piloted, and formally tested as his doctoral research project during 1968-69.

In 1969, Dr. Swengel joined the staff of United States International University, where he has supervised student teachers at both elementary and secondary levels, and has taught courses in social, historical, philosophical and psychological foundations of education, reading and language arts.

He designed a State-approved program for California's Reading Specialist Credential, implemented in the fall of 1974.

Now in retirement, Dr. Swengel has spent the interim years teaching and advising graduate students in Master degree programs offered by USIU's School of Education.

The goal now is to get his vision known to the general public and a model school created to establish the efficacy of his methods.


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