Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Elementary Education M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida
Mrs. Danielle Swartz
I am beyond excited to be a part of the wonderful faculty family at Innovation Academy. Five summers ago, I moved from Florida to Tucson for my husband's career with the University of Arizona. I have taught within the Amphitheater District for four years-first at Keeling Elementary and now I feel so fortunate to have found a new home at Innovation. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and chose to continue my education with a Master's degree in Special Education also from the University of Florida. My family and I are huge Gator fans. Now that we are Tucsonans, we get to be huge Wildcat fans too! This year is my eigth year teaching first grade and I feel incredibly fortunate to be continuing my teaching career at such a kind and unique school. I am passionate about the inclusion of the STEM components in elementary classrooms and looking forward to the questioning and discovery that will happen within our classroom this year. First grade is a critcal year in the building of foundational education skills. For this reason, we will be working hard to develop the reading skills that promote deep and meaningful comprehension as well as the number sense skills that allow students to manipulate and fully understand primary math. We will learn in small group settings with a variety of resource materials to help each student stay engaged and work towards their full potential. I believe that every student is capable of meeting their achievement goals when their learning styles are addressed and they are provided with a caring a supportive environment to learn.
Defining Moment in my Education
Being a teacher has been my dream since I was young. I was fortunate to have many wonderful educators in my past that inspired me to also pursue a career in education. During the past 5 years, I have helped many students prepare for second grade and have been consistently motivated by impressive achievements they have made. In addition to these moments of achievement, the committed faculty members with which I work everyday are truly inspiring and make me sure that teaching first grade is where I belong!
Why I Teach at Innovation Academy
During my student training and previous teaching experiences, I was able to experience many different school facilities and climates. Innovation Academy offers an incredibly unique teaching and learning environment in which the students are able to drive the learning in the classroom and the teachers are able to facilitate deeper thinking through project based learning. As an educator, I am very passionate about incorporating my students interests and learning styles in order to foster more meaningful learning experiences. STEM in the classroom allows for high student engagement while creating and building off of those mearningful learning experiences. It is a privilege to be teaching among the quality educators selected to teach at Innovation and we are all so supported by the wonderful administration. It is sure to be an exciting and special experience as we bring Innovation Academy alive this year and we are beyond excited to share it with all of you!
3 years as Certified first grade teacher at Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth, Florida
2 years as Certified first grade and first/second combination teacher at Keeling Elementary School in Tucson, AZ
1 year as Certified first grade teacher at Innovation Academy
Awards and Special Recognition
Recipient of the 2016 Century Link Teachers and Technology Grant
2016 SARSEF Second Place Grand Award for our class science fair project: Eggcellent Engineering
2017 SARSEF First Place Grand Award for our class science fair project: Stomp Rocket STEM
2018 SARSEF classroom project
-First Place Grand Award for Environental Engineering: Renewable Rain Systems
-First Place Grand Award for Environmental Science: Insulation Inspiration
-Hogan Hero Energy Award: Renewable Rain Systems
-TEP Energy Efficiency Award: Insulation Inspiration
Selected as STEMAZing Teacher Leader for 2018