Misty Swan

Misty+Swan

Jessica Hoffman 

Culture/Photo Editor 

Misty Swan, or Sra. Cisne to her Spanish students, has been a Spanish teacher in our beloved school for 10 years and has loved every minute of it. Before becoming a wonderfully respected teacher, Swan had to get a degree and that she did. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin, majoring in English and Spanish (surprising, right?), and gained her very own Bachelor’s Degree. Currently, she is enjoying the challenges that come with teaching the advanced Spanish classes like Spanish 3 Pre-AP and 4 AP.

“I’m a grammar geek and I like figuring out how to do things in a different language,” Swan said. “It’s almost like figuring things out in a secret code and I like figuring things out. It’s fun to crack that code and then find the best way to convey that code to my students.”

Whether it’s spending time with her husband, Tom, and three boys, hiking through extravagant parks, sitting down with a good book, or teaching her students, Swan makes sure that everything she does is fun and enjoyable.

“What do I do that’s not fun? Everything I do is fun,” Swan said. “If it’s not fun, I’m not going to do it.”

Swan, the phenomenal teacher that she is, is able to find the up in every down and the smile in every frown. Even though she has been through a lot of hardships, like the diagnostics of Eosinophilic Esophagitis, EE, for her three boys or the loss of her father-in-law to cancer, she is able to keep pushing on with a smile big enough for everyone to enjoy.

“Learning how to navigate the journey with my boys, learning how to persevere in dark times and just keep pushing forward has been a great life lesson for me,” Swan said. “When I finally realized that this is what we have to deal with and there’s no way to get around it, we just have to get through it, that’s when it started to get easier. I think that’s how my family and I have gotten through all of it, just perseverance.”

One of the most important qualities of a great teacher, that separates that teacher from all of the other teachers, is the ability to put his or her students first no matter what. Swan definitely has this quality because the only thing she cares about is giving her students that best possible experience that they can receive in her class.

“For me, this job is all about my students,” Swan said. “There is no scale of one to ten on how dedicated I am to them because they’re everything and more to me.”