Years at NGFS: 22
Education: B.A., Swarthmore College; Teacher Certification, Pacific Oaks Northwest College
As Neil Swenson begins his 21st year at NGFS, he says, “I can't imagine teaching anywhere else.” Before coming to this school, Neil taught at two other independent schools for a total of three years.
New Garden is a special place for Neil because he values “the commitment the staff and families have to educating the whole child and honoring the gifts that each person brings to our community.” He enjoys “The strong sense of community and the way that the staff gets to know each child as an individual and helps them develop their gifts.” This year, Neil cannot wait to spend time in the classroom and to discuss curriculum across all levels as the Curriculum Coordinator for the School.
In his free time, Neil enjoys running, hiking, and writing. He is also, in his own words, “a huge sports fan.” Neil is married to Ann and they have two children, Anne Joy and Seannie, and two cats, Bella and Sirius.