Swapna Gardner – Facilitator
Unable to choose between her love of science and her passion for literature when it was time to decide on a major, Swapna Gardner did what any sensible student would do: pick both. Her double major in English and biology at Austin College led her to become fascinated with the contexts in which science and literature overlap, and it seems that her path has led to Academy ever since.
She moved from her native North Texas to the windy plains of Lubbock to pursue a Masters in Secondary Education at Texas Tech University. Upon graduating, Swapna started teaching English at Monterey High School. While living and working in Lubbock, she learned what a haboob is, experienced West Texas football, and adopted her two curmudgeonly Chihuahuas.
Swapna returned home when she and her husband finally got married in 2013. Before coming to Academy, she taught at Berkner High School’s STEM Academy. She is thrilled about finding a home in Academy and having an opportunity to help future leaders see the importance of mixing science and the humanities in our rapidly changing world.
When she’s not at school, Swapna is reading, spending time with her family, and searching for the Doctor and his TARDIS and/or passages into Hogwarts.
Facilitator, 9th English