• My name is Rebecca Swailes.  I teach third grade language arts. I come from a family of all educators and coaches from St. Thomas, Pennsylvania. I am a 1997 graduate of James Buchanan High School.  I received my degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University in 2001 and a reading specialist master's degree in 2004 from Shippensburg University.  I have wanted to be a teacher since I was little. I enjoy how each day brings something new. I have been teaching since the fall of 2001. In my spare time, my favorite things are spending time with my family and friends, shopping, reading, traveling, music, and sports. I have had the opportunity to travel to many different places in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, ten countries in Europe, and Barbados. I am also an avid Penn State and Pittsburgh Pirates fan. I also enjoy supporting Trojan sports and sports at my alma mater (James Buchanan).