Jeri L. Swogger

Director of Elementary Education, Frederick County; perspective of a classroom teacher on STEM

Jeri L. Swogger has been an advocate for instructional excellence for K-5 students in our public schools for 26 years, both as a classroom teacher, and educational leader. Having taught 3rd and 4tth grade before becoming an instructional supervisor, Jeri has supported the engagement of students in their learning through real-world, meaningful experiences that require students to apply learning to solve problems. Now serving as the Director of Elementary Instructional Services with Frederick County Public Schools, Jeri is an ardent supporter of finding ways for students to show their learning in ways that cause students to reflect on their learning, make their thinking visible, and to demonstrate understanding through the application of knowledge. This passion for finding better ways to integrate real-world experiences into every-day learning for children made Frederick County’s recent partnership with the Challenger Center to create Mission experiences for classroom use a perfect fit for the school system’s elementary schools. By using an actual problem facing our world to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) ideas into a week-long project for students, Challenger exemplified ways in which we can begin to capture our students’ developing skills to help them learn to collaborate, think, and apply their learning to solve complex problems.

Mrs. Swogger graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University. She obtained her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Shenandoah University in 2000 and has worked in educational leadership since that time.