top of page

Dr. Swanson is a respected veteran of the toy and educational software industries. She invented, produced and designed award winning products and services for children for over twenty years. A self-motivated, goal-oriented executive with over 20 years combined experience in corporate and educational environments.  Creative and innovative project manager, administrator, public speaker, and entrepreneur, taking pride in ability to develop and launch new and diverse products.  Recognized and sought-after public speaker, bringing a wealth of knowledge and highest levels of enthusiasm to all projects undertaken.  Possess exceptional written communication skills and ability to incorporate ingenuity with business savvy in successful start-up efforts, marketing strategy, and product branding.


After she sold her design firm, she came back to her education roots in 2005, teaching technology and design to children in the Del Mar Union School District. She also served as a student teacher mentor and a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) developing curriculum and resources for K-6 teachers. Recently served as a Curriculum Coordinator and STEM resource teacher for the State of Hawaii Department of Education. Currently, she is working with Bill Wyland Galleries. 

( 01 )

Experience Educator


2020 – 2021

Curriculum Coordinator and STEM Teacher 

Hawaii Public School Maui District

  • Responsible for State wide testing coordination between DOHE and staff at Nahiena'ena' School. PNE Test Site

  • Created and organized website for 2020-2021 remote learning "Specials" team enabling easy access for staff, students and families. Site 

  • Responsible for K-5 students NGSS STEM enrichment (asynchronous learning model).

  • Delivered and taught hands on STEM Club activities for (200) students grades 1 and 3 (blended learning model). 

  • Organize WASC Certification Mid Year Review draft documents anaylzing test and demographic data, creating tables and summaries.

  • Participated in extensive professional development programs

  • Assisted administration on a variety of school tasks as needed such as student pick up organization (siblings) for a variable pick up time (Covid 19).

2010 – 2020

STEAM Teacher 

Del Mar Union School District

  • Responsible for (680) K-6 grade students technology learning. 

  • Developed and designed tech-infused classroom integration lessons with teachers.

  • Multiple leadership responsibilities for Torrey Hills school site including: Yearbook, Admin Designee, school wide event planning and marketing; Steam Night, Halloween Parade, Social Committee, designed the district’s technology curriculum plan, and training staff.

  • Monthly communication to each grade level families.

  • Successfully developed art projects and lesson plans using a variety of mediums and art techniques. Instructed basic art history for approximately over 700 students. Participated fully in gallery exhibits, community events, and meetings with parents and community.

  • Established program and provided in-service training to classroom teachers on a variety of technology related issues.

  • Mentored team on implementing Remote Learning resources.

2009 – 2010

National Education Coordinator

United States Mint Bureau of the Treasury

  • Developed education programs for K-12 within standard-based curricula.

  • Created internet content with multi-media and research teams.

  • Developed marketing and communication plans and conducted stakeholder and community outreach.

  • Delivered effective project management with long and short-term goals.

 2005 - 2009 

Technology Coordinator/Teacher Trainer

Del Mar Union School District

  • Created materials for teacher training in the usage of technology and a variety of applications. 

  • Effectively taught technology to 800 K-6th grade students.

  • Developed innovative instructional materials, curriculum maps, classroom integration strategies, and a district-wide instructional content website which helped teach K-6 Students and teachers technology skills while adhering to State Content Standards.

 2005 - 2007 

Education Chair

ACM Siggraph

Organized, hosted and presented multiple conference sessions

along with designing a multimedia children's exhibit to 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web. This non-profit enterprise showcased at the San Diego Convention Center in 2007


( 02 )



University of San Francisco

Education Doctorate in Organization and Leadership - Maintained 4.0 GPA 

University of San Francisco,  San Francisco, CA - 1995 


University of San Francisco

Master of Education with Emphasis in Technology-

4.0 GPA

University of San Francisco,  San Francisco, CA - 1990 



Resource Specialist Certificate, 4.0 GPA 

U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA - 1986 


San Diego State University

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences - 3.5 GPA                  San Diego State University,      San Diego CA -1980 


Palomar College

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Child Development Certificate -3.8 GPA         

Palomar College,  San Marcos, CA - 1979


( 03 )



Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Advanced License


Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential NCLB Certified  with Single Subject Art and Single Subject Computer Concepts and Applications 


Child Development Program Director Permit 


Cross Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate 


Webtrends Analytics Certified

American Red Cross Adult and Child First Aid, AED, CPR


( 04 )

Remote Learning 

Loom and Zoom

Remote Learning - These are tools I primarily used for screencast lesson teaching for asynchronous learning and video conferencing for communication. As a STEAM teacher I created a system for delivering the STEAM+ teams lessons using google suite applications to teachers to add to their platform of choice. Teachers are using Seesaw, Google Classroom, and Powerschool as their learning management systems with synchronous learning . 

Google Activities During Covid-19  Samples

bottom of page