Leslie Anaya

Leslie Anaya
Leslie Swanson received her undergraduate degree from Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX. She was a stay-at-home mother and foster mom for many years before pursuing her teacher certification credentials. After advocating for the educational needs of the children in her care, she felt a calling to pursue her teacher certification from Texas A&M- Commerce. After serving as a special education teacher in Dallas ISD, Mansfield ISD, and Abilene ISD she found her teaching home in Brownwood ISD. Currently, she is in her second year of teaching sixth grade math at Coggin-Intermediate. As a strong proponent for student-centered instruction, she uses a blended learning model for her students using a strengths-based approach to differentiate for all student needs. Ms. Swanson believes in teaching the ‘whole child’, as evidenced by the strong relationships she has formed with her students, parents, colleagues, and school community. Her professional interests focus on leveraging edtech resources, combined with solid pedagogy for student benefit. Ms. Swanson’s current projects, fueled by a passion to make a positive impact and inspire students to strive for the same, include creating blended learning experiences that incorporate student collaboration, to foster a growth and innovation mindset. Her practices will be featured in the upcoming EduMatch publication, as a contributing author, EduSanp17: A Snapshot in Education. In addition, she serves as a panelist for PBS Teachers’ Advisory Group, and is a Learning Ambassador of Atomic Learning. Finally, she was recently honored with Elementary Teacher of the Year for her contributions to the learning community in Brownwood ISD.
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Recent Posts

Behavior Cheat Sheet

We sometimes inadvertently reinforce the behavior by reprimanding the student, which gives the student attention, thereby reinforcing the behavior.

Topics: Learning Ambassadors, Early Warning & Intervention, Intervention

Implement AR/VR Tools for Special Populations

"Most teachers want workshops to provide learning on new and better ways of teaching, but also the tools to take back and use now."

Topics: Professional Development, Early Warning & Intervention, Technology in the Classroom