My name is Mrs. Swanger (SWAH-NER) and I am so happy to be your teacher! It’s going to be a fun-filled year full of new adventures and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us! I want to learn ALL about you, but first I am going to tell you some things about me: I grew up not far from here in Cheney, WA. When I graduated high school, I moved to Moscow to go to the University of Idaho (GO VANDALS!) where I majored in Elementary Education. I was an aide in kindergarten for two years. Then I worked as a substitute teacher for a year which brought me to McDonald in 2nd grade. That is when I fell in LOVE with the McDonald Ducks! So when a third-grade position came open, I knew I had to have it! I was hired in 2014 and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it here! I believe in a balanced approach to teaching and learning including direct instruction as well as hands-on interactive learning. I use creative, energetic, and dynamic lessons to motivate students to be the best version of themselves that they can be! In return, I am motivated to be the best version of myself too!
My husband, Scott, is a graphic designer at Washington State University Foundation (GO COUGS, too!) Our son, Cameron, is 4 years old and loves swings, animals, anything with wheels, and playing with his cousins. Our daughter Carlee is 1 year old and loves swings, dolls, and playing “kitchen.” We love being their parents! Outside of teaching, I love camping, swimming, and going to sporting events, musicals, comedy shows, and concerts! I also love spending time with friends and family.