Gary  Swalley

Gary Swalley sponsors the Act I drama group, which produces
and performs plays about saying no to drugs to elementary students and
civic groups. He created Project 2001, the Ultimate Field Trip, an
environmental research group where students do research on life in the
21st century in a unique blend of community involvement and enriching
environmental experiences. He forms partnerships with other departments
in the school, parents, civic organizations and community businesses.
Annual classroom themes come from popular culture, doubling as an
attention grabber and a learning tool.

Previous themes have included Batman (Believe Achieve To Succeed) and
Apollo XIII (Reach for the Stars). A quote on his wall reads, “We can
do no great things; only small things with great love.”

Education

1994-95

Sabbatical and Teaching Fellowship

1985

Southern Illinois University Elementary Certification

1976

Southern Illinois University Secondary Certification

1974

Southern Illinois University Bachelor of Arts

Special Recognition

1994

Illinois D.A.R History Teacher of the Year

1993

National Middle School Teacher

1993

Maxwell House Real American Hero Award for Community Service

1992

Reader’s Digest American Hero in Education Award

1991

Edwardsville Teacher of the Year

1990

Professional Best Award

1990

Learning Magazine’s Professional Best Award

1990

Rotary’s International Peace Award

1989

Fulbright to China

1984

Edwardsville Teacher of the Year

1980

Edwardsville Teacher of the Year