Meet Stacy Swanson
TEACH’s Director of Communications
As a child of an immigrant from the Philippines, Stacy has always held family, community and education close to her heart, experiencing first-hand the adage that “it takes a village” to provide children with the tools they need to succeed. In addition to her close-knit group of family members, friends and neighbors, Stacy also counted on the presence of great teachers – two of whom she credits for her commitment to mission-minded work. After graduating from the University of Houston, Stacy spent nearly two decades working in corporate communications for prominent healthcare organizations in both Houston and New Orleans before joining TEACH as Director of Communications in October 2022.
A natural-born nurturer and believer in the opportunities made possible by education, Stacy has lent her talents to mentorship and leadership coaching programs, and after-school and summer programs over the years, and is now a self-proclaimed “proud cheerleader” for her 11-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. When she’s not attending one of their soccer, basketball or volleyball games with her husband, Stacy enjoys spending quality time with friends, experiencing new restaurants and making new memories with her family. Making an impact on children in her hometown of Houston provides her with the ultimate professional and personal satisfaction.
TEACH: What do you love most about working in education?
SS: As a child of an immigrant from the Philippines, the importance of education was ingrained in me by my mom from an early age. Education serves as a powerful ticket to opportunities and opens doors. Having the opportunity to be a well-rounded student in student council, sports and volunteerism at a diverse school where I felt supported was something my mother never had, and I’ve never taken that opportunity for granted. I believe that my own two children and all children deserve this opportunity. School should be a place they want to go to every day and succeed.
TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
SS: Mr. James Beam and Mrs. Lisa Warren sponsored our high school’s student council in their spare time, after teaching Government and Dance, respectively. In their own unique ways, they both showed me the importance of speaking up about the things I believe in. They showed up as real humans and made themselves accessible. They showed kindness, humor and warmth. They had a genuine desire to see us lead and succeed in life. In many ways, they were my first introduction to mentorship and planted the seed for my affinity for mission-minded work. I stayed in touch with them into my adult life after college. That connection still means the world to me.
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