Inspiring teachers, inspired students

Here you will find videos and stories about the impact teachers have on students as well as the appreciation students have for their Bucks and Montgomery County public school teachers.

Remember to thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation week, May 7th to the 11th.

Mr. Swindells Surprise Interview

A theme that continued to pop up in our #TeacherTuesday series was how public schools and public school educators teach much more than the basics – they teach students how to be good citizens, inspire self-confidence and motivate them to become life-long learners. To better tell that story, the CAPS team brought one of our #TeacherTuesday stories to life.

We invited eight students of Scott Swindells, a 10th grade English teacher at North Penn HS, into the school’s AV studio to talk about him. On camera, they told us what made him their favorite teacher and what they learned beyond literature. And they all had something to say about his Man Bun.

After we interviewed his students, we invited Scott to the studio under the guise of an interview about his teaching style. Little did he know that he would be presented with a collection of messages from some of his current and former students. He truly enjoyed hearing their stories and was humbled by their heartfelt thanks. It was clear that his mission goes far beyond teaching them English and that his goal is to connect with students to help them succeed in life.

Mission accomplished.

Mr. Swindells and his students are textbook examples of what makes Bucks and Montgomery counties’ public schools so special.


Hear Mr. Swindells rap

Students thank their favorite public school teacher


Each week, we profile a Bucks or Montgomery public school teacher on our Facebook page in our #TeacherTuesday feature. The diverse backgrounds and strengths of these educators, and the subjects they teach, demonstrate that there is something for everyone in our public schools.


Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: May 16, 2018

  As this week’s #TeacherTuesday, Jim Muscarella was featured this morning on FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia. This amazing physics and engineering teacher from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School...

Jane Fetterman TeacherTuesday
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: May 7, 2018

  Today, we bring to you fourth grade teacher Jane Fetterman of Paul V. Fly Elementary in Norristown Area School District as this week’s #TeacherTuesday. She was also featured this morning...

Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: May 1, 2018

Alexandra Schuh is an extraordinary William Tennent High School social studies educator who teaches her AP Psychology students with the help of the rats she houses in her classroom. This...

Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: April 24, 2018

  In the words of a parent, “The incredible and beyond amazing teacher I’m nominating is Ashlene Quinn,” this week’s #TeacherTuesday, who was also featured today on FOX 29‘s Good Day...

Colleen Buck #TeacherTuesday
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: April 17, 2018

This is Colleen Buck, also known as Mrs. Book to the kindergarteners she teaches as the librarian at Oak Ridge Elementary School in the Souderton Area School District. Not only is she this...

Jenny Neff Council for the Advancement of Public Schools
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: April 10, 2018

This week’s #TeacherTuesday, Dr. Jenny Neff, uses humor and purposeful stories to build a long-lasting rapport with her band students at Bala Cynwyd Middle School in Lower Merion School District. Even...

#TeacherTuesday Nomination

Do you know an inspiring Bucks or Montgomery County public school teacher?
Email the following information to to have him or her featured in a #TeacherTuesday post!

A photograph of the featured teacher in the school.
A 1-3 sentence answer to ONE of the following questions:

  • When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
  • When did you realize that you made the right decision to be a teacher?
  • In your opinion, what makes public education great?
  • What inspires you to lead your class every day?
  • What’s something that your students can’t get anywhere else?

The following information:

  • Your name
  • The grade/subject you teach
  • Your school
  • Your school district


Questions? – Contact Lana Weinstein,



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