My name is Heather Swaenepoel and I am thrilled to be a 3rd grade teacher at Townsend Elementary. This is my fourth year with the district and I have taught both kindergarten and first grade. Prior to coming to Vandercook, I taught 5th-7th grades at a charter school in Jackson. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Spring Arbor University with double majors in psychology and social work and find that these are very useful degrees to have as a classroom teacher. I earned my teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University with majors in Reading and Integrated Science. I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Reading from Spring Arbor University.
I have six children ages 15-21 and spend the majority of my free time visiting them at college or attending one of their high school athletic or academic events. When I am not doing that, I enjoy traveling with my family and spending time together.