Swaninger new Gateway Polytechnic Academy principal

Thomas Swaninger and family. (QCUSD)

Thomas Swaninger is the new principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy.

Mr. Swaninger’s hiring was approved at the March 5 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting.

He will take over for Allison Carmichael as she takes on her new role as principal of QCUSD’s newest school, Silver Valley Elementary, starting in the 2019-20 school year, according to a release.

“Tom is an experienced principal who brings a unique set of skills to our district,” Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry said in the release. “We are excited to have him on the QCUSD team.”

Mr. Swaninger has nearly 20 years of educational experience. Fifteen of those years he worked as a classroom teacher and counselor, followed by three as a principal.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in elementary education, a master’s degree in counseling from Oakland University and a doctorate — pending dissertation defense — in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

“I am honored and privileged with the opportunity to serve as principal for Gateway Polytechnic Academy,” Mr. Swaninger said in the release.  “I strive to lead with passion and dedication, forever motivated to optimize the academic, social and emotional growth of every student in our care.”

Gateway Polytechnic Academy will serve students in preschool through sixth grade starting next school year. The school is at Signal Butte and Ray in Mesa’s Eastmark community.

Mr. Swaninger and his wife have three daughters, according to the release.

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