Prior to becoming Matchbook Learning’s Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Amy Galloway Swann has served as an educator at the high school, middle school, elementary, district, and university levels. Dr. Swann began her career as high school social studies teacher. After several years of teaching she began leading professional development in her high school on teaching reading across the content areas. Amy then became the Social Studies Content Leader for the second largest district in the state of Kentucky. Amy has been an administrator at both the elementary and middle school levels in addition to serving as an adjunct professor for the University of Kentucky’s Education Leadership Department.
While Amy was with the Danville team as the principal of Bate Middle School, Bate went from being a state “watch list school” all the way to the first school in Kentucky, and one of only 25 schools in the nation, to receive the designation as a P21 Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Amy has worked in collaboration with the NY Consortium Schools to study performance based assessments and has helped Bate and the Danville Schools in developing a new assessment plan that includes performance based assessments to promote and assess deeper applied learning. This system has inspired new assessment legislation in the state of Kentucky. In 2012-13 Bate was highlighted in a PBS News Hour special on the Danville Schools as well as on KET’s Education Matters for the innovative learning taking place throughout the school.