Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Promoted to principal

May 18, 2006

Brian Schwanz will never forget the day Lt. Gen. David Petraeus walked into his classroom at Patton Junior High School.

The general came to present Schwanz with an honor seldom bestowed upon civilians. He presented Schwanz with a Combined Arms Center commander coin for leading a group of students who represented Fort Leavenworth in a nationwide competition.

"That was quite an experience. He came right to my classroom," Schwanz said. "Being a nonmilitary person, it's a great honor."

The award recognized Schwanz's guidance of a group of ninth graders in the eCybermission contest, an Army-sponsored science, math and technology competition, who placed first regionally to advance to finals in Washington, D.C.

Schwanz still remembers the red-carpet treatment.

"It's really a top-drawer type of event," he said. "They treated us like royalty out there."

But Schwanz's team from Patton never let the luxury go to their heads. Their performance inspired a general in Washing-ton to send a letter commending the team to Petraeus.

Petraeus passed on the commendation when he arrived at Schwanz classroom.

"The kids were kind of in awe," he said.

Schwanz won't sponsor this year's team; he was recently appointed principal of Bradley Elementary School at Fort Leavenworth, beginning Aug. 1.

For Schwanz, who has been teaching for more than a decade, trading a classroom for an office will be difficult, but he thinks the right position has finally come along.

"I'm going to miss it, but this is what I've worked for," he said. "I think I've been preparing for the past 11 years."

Name: Brian Schwanz

Address: 607 Brookwood St.

Occupation: Teacher

Graduate of: Morningside College, bachelor's; University of Nebraska, master's

Family: wife Sherri, son Bryan, daughter Bethanie.

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? 3 years; because of my wife.

What do you like most about Lansing? The small town atmosphere and still being close to a larger city.

What do you do for fun? Sports. I love to golf.

What would surprise people about you? I enjoy going to see musicals.

What's the best advice you ever received? Do your best. Always give 100 percent every time, no matter if it is in sports or life.

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Kansas State University Teacher Education Advisory Council; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; National Middle School Association; Lansing Planning Commission; Kansas National Education Association; National Education Association.

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