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.


Paul DiRenzo Council for the Advancement of Public Schools
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: July 10, 2018

When we learned about Paul DiRenzo, a band teacher who works with fourth through eighth grade students in Evergreen Elementary and Perkiomen Valley Middle School East in the Perkiomen Valley School...

Teacher Tuesday CAPS Rachel Moyer
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: July 3, 2018

Rachel Moyer, a sixth-grade educator at Bridge Valley Elementary School in Central Bucks School District, is this week’s #TeacherTuesday. Rachel learned early on that she wanted to teach and “be...

Andrew Coates Council for the Advancement of Public Schools
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: July 26, 2018

This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Andrew Coates, a fourth-grade educator in Overlook Elementary School in Abington School District, who definitely has that “wow” factor. According to the student who...

TeacherTuesday - Marcella Reppenhagen
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: July 19, 2018

Identified as the “best teacher for 2018” by the parent of a former student, Marcella Reppenhagen “goes above and beyond in the classroom to make sure each child is not left out. This fifth-grade...

Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: June 12,2018

Michele Stingle is that special educator whose impact is felt well beyond the time spent in her classroom. This week’s #TeacherTuesday, also featured on FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia this morning, is...

Teacher Tuesday - Kecia Hall
Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: June 5, 2018

A “down-to-earth, no-nonsense, and get it done type of person,” Kecia Hall is this week’s remarkable #TeacherTuesday. She was featured this morning during FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia. She’s...

#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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