Lindsay Swanson

Lindsay Swanson proposes a school in Rochester that “leverages STEM to encourage a problem-solving mindset to ensure students are prepared to become leaders in a society that is increasingly driven by technology.” Her school will be built on the beliefs that all students can achieve academic greatness, that efficient systems lead to effective classrooms, and that data must be used as a means to promote continual growth.

Lindsay began her educational career with Teach For America, on a mission to spark scientific curiosity. She was impressed by how quickly students in her coding club were creating, innovating, and problem-solving with computer science, leading her to teach AP Computer Science and develop Democracy Prep’s network-wide computer science program. She worked both on her campus and at the network level to develop rigorous science classroom content. “I am committed to a vision of excellence because I have seen what is possible when you combine strong academics with a strong college-going culture.”

Lindsay was the Science Department Chair and Computer Science Curriculum Specialist at Democracy Prep Public Schools. Previously, she served as a Science Lead Mentor Teacher with Teach For America and the Operations Director for the Teach For America New York City Regional Institute. Lindsay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Master of Science in Teaching Adolescence Education from Fordham University.