Welcome to my class! My name is Shari Swindell. This year marks my thirty-fifth year of teaching in the primary grades, including 30 at the first grade level. I graduated from a small college in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. I also graduated from the University of Houston with an Master of Arts in Elementary Education. I have taught in Alief, Deer Park, Clear Creek, Geneva, Illinois, (Chicago suburb) and have been in Fort Bend ISD since the year 2000.
I live in Sienna with my husband and two children. My son, Taylor, graduated from The University of Houston in December of 2014. He has recently entered a program in Austin to become a medical lab technician in the hopes of working his way up to clinical laboratory scientist in the future. My daughter, Lauren, graduated in May 2016 from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. This December she will gradute with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). In my spare time, I like to travel, read, shop, go to movies and, of course, cheer on the Bucknell softball team!! In the summer of 2014, we added two new members to our family--Murphy, a yellow lab, and Toby, an orange American Short-haired cat. In Nov. of 2017, we rescued a Brazilain Terrier named Mollie. Our pets are definitely members of our family!
I love to work with and watch young children as they grow through their first grade year. It’s so fun to watch the look of amazement spread across their faces as a new skill “clicks”. Close communication between home and school is important to me. Please know that I will do all I can to make your child's first grade year a memorable and positive one.