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Elmbrook Spotlight: Swanson Teachers Share About Teaching in District

Each week, Brookfield Patch is working with the Elmbrook School District to spotlight district teachers. This week, two teachers at Swanson Elementary School are highlighted.

David Lewcock

  • School: Swanson Elementary School
  • Grade/Subject: K-5 Physical Education
  • Years in the Elmbrook School District: 12 years
  • College/University: undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point; Master’s Degree from Cardinal Stritch University

What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District?:
Teachers are supported with quality resources, and are supported by a committed parents/community.

Why I wanted to be a teacher:
I wanted to impact the lives of young learners and to be a positive male role model for children.

If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be:
An architect/builder

My least favorite subject in high school was:
Chemistry

My favorite school lunch menu item was:
Corn dogs?!

Laura Schubert

  • School: Swanson Elementary School
  • Grade/Subject: Program Support Teacher
  • Years in the Elmbrook School District: 10
  • College/University: BS from UW-Madison; MA from Alverno College

What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District?:
The Elmbrook School District is committed to excellence. It is gratifying to work for a district that articulates high expectations for all learners and consistently provides tools and training to help teachers facilitate their students’ growth.

Why I wanted to be a teacher:
My vocational path emerged at a very young age. Whenever I played school with my younger sister, I was the teacher. As I grew up, I found that I connected easily with children and had a talent for encouraging them. I loved school and learning, so a career in teaching was a very natural fit for me.

If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be:
A writer. I recently completed a two-year stint as a community columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and enjoyed connecting with readers and crafting pieces that made them think about familiar topics in a new way.

My least favorite subject in high school was:
Physics. I struggled to grasp the concepts and felt completely lost.

My favorite school lunch menu item was: My grade school only offered hot lunch once or twice a month, and it was usually a hot ham sandwich. My favorite menu item was the spaghetti that was served on special occasions, like Grandparents’ Day.

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