Mrs. Mandy Swavely is a second grade teacher here at Brecknock Elementary. She is entering her fifth year of teaching. Before her time at Brecknock, she student taught at Blue Ball Elementary in a 2nd grade class. She also attended Millersville for her teaching degree. Before that she had many jobs including those at Sears, Marshalls, Wal-Mart, and working at a doctor’s office.
Mrs. Swavely lives with her husband, Josh, and her 4-month old son, Gibson! They have two pets, a Black Lab/Rottweiler mix named Bowie and a gray cat named Small.
Mrs. Swavely and her husband love to ride four-wheelers and snowmobiles in the mountains. She also likes to relax by reading or watching movies. Her favorite summer activity is swimming.
Here is a fun fact you may not know about Mrs. Swavely: she is afraid of heights and being in the dark!
When asked what she loves most about working at Brecknock, Mrs. Swavely says, “I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else than Brecknock. The faculty and staff here are so friendly and caring. I have made some amazing friends while working here who put a smile on my face every day. The students here are top notch and great to work with. They truly make coming to “work” each day a pleasure. To top it all off, our principal is the best of the best. She encourages and motivates us to do more and become more as professionals. She makes Brecknock a great place to be for all teachers and students!”
Mrs. Swavely loves to go on cruises because of the opportunity to see so many different places and people. She’s been to the Caribbean; St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Croix, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. She’s also visited Bermuda, and says it is absolutely gorgeous! She also loves vacationing in their cabin in the mountains and beach house in Delaware.
Mrs. Swavely’s favorite subject is science, and she also loves to learn about the Solar System. “It’s so big that there is always something new to learn and discover!” She also likes to learn about ways to become a better teacher and help students learn.
There are a lot of things Mrs. Swavely hasn’t tried, because she’s afraid she’d make a fool of herself. (Mrs. Hilt would like to add that she thinks she should try them anyway!) Simple things she’d like to do someday would be to dance in public and sing an entire karaoke song by herself. On a larger scale, she would love to do a wheelie on her four-wheeler, sky dive, and go skiing.
Mrs. Swavely has read a lot of great books, but her favorites would have to be the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. These young adult books were some of the most addicting books she’s ever read! She says, “The stories pull you into the vampire/werewolf world and it’s nice to live the teenage life again vicariously through Bella.”
Mrs. Swavely loves smiling. 🙂 She says, “Smiling’s my favorite! Honestly though, the world needs to stop taking itself too seriously. Life is short. It does a body good to laugh out loud AT LEAST once a day!”
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Mrs. Swavely!