My name is Bill Swinsburg, and I have the honor of teaching natural science to a great group of young people at Garden Spot High School. I grew up in rural southeastern Ohio, learning from some masterful educators that I still reference in my classroom today. Early on, I discovered that I had a real passion for seeing the “lightbulb” come on as I helped some friends with AP Calculus. Around the same time, I remember seeing the joy on my grandmother’s face when I taught her to send her first email. When I saw her beaming smile and realized I could do this for a living, I was hooked.
I studied biology and chemistry at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, working as a tutor and supplemental instruction leader. I earned my M.S. in ecology at the University of Rhode Island while teaching human physiology to undergrads. In the summer, I worked as a nature instructor at Camp Hebron in Halifax, PA (one of the best star-gazing spots in central PA, in my opinion). After grad school, I earned my teaching certification through the University of Pennsylvania and taught chemistry at Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia.
I’m very thankful to have ended up in beautiful Lancaster County with my (even more) beautiful wife. Mrs. Swinsburg is a multi-talented French and English teacher. We do not have children, but we have a chocolate-colored cat Grayce who thinks she is a human. If I teach you or your child, I look forward to a great year of working together!