About Mrs. de Swardt

About Me

Welcome to my website! My name is Mrs. de Swardt. I have been a teacher in school district U-46 since August of 2013. I began as an English teacher at Canton Middle School and then started teaching Social Studies in 2014. I added the Gifted Social Studies classes to my teaching in the fall of 2016. For this school year, 2022-2023, I will be teaching AP Macroeconomics at Bartlett HS and US History at Elgin HS. In addition to teaching, I directed plays and musicals at Canton and coached intramural cross country.

Teaching was not my original plan. Originally, my plan was to go to law school after graduation, but after spending time with a Circuit Court Judge at the Daley Center in Chicago, I pursued a teaching career. I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History. I then went to Aurora University for my Masters of Arts in Teaching with Certification.

Outside of school, I am extremely active. Over the summer my husband and I manage a small business, train for triathlons and marathons. I have raced two half ironmans and 6 marathons, including 4 Chicago marathons. During my training, I raise money for TEAM SALUTE which is a wonderful organization that helps veterans and active military. In addition to being outdoors, I also enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my two boys, my hubby, and two daschunds. I love reading, crocheting and travelling. I am a huge Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs fan!

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about me and I look forward to working with you this school year!