Rafael A. and Emme W.


Have you ever wanted to know more about your teachers? What crazy things your teachers have done? What their craziest stories are? Well, we found this out. Rafael and I, decided that we wanted to interview one of the most interesting teachers we know, Mrs. Swayne. She has told her classes a lot but we wanted to know a little bit more about her. Thanks to Mrs. Swayne, we got some great information about her and some great advice. We asked her some questions and her answers are pretty amazing and painfully funny.

“What was the funniest thing that you did when you were in middle school or high school?” Rafael and I asked her.

“Well… Probably when my friends and I played a joke on our Research Writing Teacher. She said she didn’t think we could ever play a practical joke on her. Now, we couldn’t let that go, so we taped the entire classroom upside down. We taped everything down to the desks so everything was literally in the same place and then duct-taped the entire classroom to the ceiling. Desks, chairs, ect. Totally upside down! It took forever, even with ten of us working on it, but we got it done! The look on her face was hilarious! She admitted we got her. Of course, then we had to put it all back, but class was a blast for that day!”

She also gave us one for high school.
“Hmmm, I convinced my friends that only wearing our prom dresses once to prom was a ridiculous waste of money so we decided to wear them to school one day. Then, someone said we needed cool rides, so we got our boyfriends to drive us to school on lawnmowers. We all met at Sam’s house, since he lived two blocks from school. The boys got behind the wheels of the lawnmowers (they all wore shorts with dress shirts, ties, and suit jackets) and we perched on the back in our prom dresses and drove to school. The parking lot looked so funny with lawnmowers all over. We had a fancy lunch picnic in the park and then drove the lawnmowers to the bowling alley after school and went bowling. And this was in our prom dresses!”

“Could you tell us a little bit about your childhood?”

“I grew up in Carthage, Missouri. It’s nickname is Victorian Carthage so there are Victorian mansions all over the place. It was also a major hub for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, so most of the homes have secret passageways. I grew up playing hide and seek in secret passageways from the Underground Railroad.”

“What is the craziest thing you have ever done (and we know that you have done a lot)?”

“This one is hard! What story to tell… Two friends and I were hiking in the Alps. While we were hiking, really thick fog came down and we got totally lost because we couldn’t see very well. We finally picked a trail and began hiking back down. Problem was, we had no idea when we got to the bottom if we came down on the correct side. We wanted to be in Austria, but weren’t certain if we were in Germany. So confusing! We flagged down a farmer who didn’t speak a word of English and piled in the back of this pickup truck and he drove us down to a main road. The whole time we were praying that we were still in Austria because stupidly we had left our passports in the hotel and wouldn’t be able to cross the border to get back without them. Luckily, when we got to the bottom we found a border patrol station and we were still in Austria. They laughed at us, but we so deserved it!”

“What is your best lifetime story?”

“No real lifetime story, just lifetime advice. If you want something, go for it! If you want to do something, do it! I have done a lot, but it is because I take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. I ask myself the following: Will it hurt anybody? Will it go against my values and morals? Will it cause me to go back on a commitment I have made? If the answer to those questions is no, then I go for it.  Sometimes I have to really work hard to achieve that want or afford the opportunity financially, but I can honestly say I have no regrets, just a ton of fun memories!”


Mrs. Swayne’s advice and stories are pretty great. I’m sure you can ask her some things and she will get back to you! Hopefully, Rafi and I will interview some more teachers. Give us some ideas of questions to ask teachers and which teachers to ask!