George W. Swarner has been a teacher of English and Reading at Kennedy High School since 2005, the same year he received his teaching certifications. Mr. Swarner has taught each level from Seniors to Freshmen. He was 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year for Kennedy High School. Mr. Swarner is the sponsor for "Section K" Cheer Club.
Mr. Swarner was born in 1953 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and raised in rural Idaho. He spent 33 years in the military, retiring as a Sergeant Major at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Mr. Swarner is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Mr. Swarner is married to Sharon Swarner and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren: Son: Joseph, Daughter: Amelia, Daughter: Olivia, Grandson: Nathaniel, and Granddaughter: Stephanie.
Hobbies and interests include reading, writing, basketball, and traveling.
"I received my Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in May 2004 from Excelsior College of New York. My educational philosophy is that every student can learn and that each student's productivity is a four-legged stool- student, parents, teacher, and community.
I was raised in poverty and know, through first-hand experience, that education is the best way to escape poverty and ignorance.
Students must come to school to be students. Teachers must be willing to teach to standards, teach relevant information, and create professional, friendly relationships with students.
The parents need to supply the support necessary for the student to achieve, hold the expectation that the student will achieve, and that the student will be a student.
The community needs to rally around our schools, students, and themselves by promoting pride, opportunities for the youh and a safe enviroment.
I am looking forward to this school year and getting to know the students and parents of JFK and to set new heights of academic achievement."