Truck Drivers Say Kirkwood Teacher Is the Best

North Glendale Elementary School teacher Barbara Swalina has been named a Trucker Buddy Outstanding Teacher for her oversight of a unique pen pal program.

Two professional truck drivers have been able to correspond with students of North Glendale Elementary School thanks to first and fourth grade teacher Barbara Swalina.  

Swalina oversees the Trucker Buddy program at North Glendale in which students get to write and receive letters with professional drivers Al and Kym Hemerson.

The Hemersons have been so impressed with Swalina and their access to the class that they nominated her as a Trucker Buddy Outstanding Teacher.

"We are able to communicate with the students not only through postcards
and letters, also through the use of the telephone; Mrs. Swalina has
allowed us access and interact with the class. While maintaining and instructing within the parameters of her curriculum, she has gone above and beyond the set outlined goal," the Hemersons tell truckerbuddy.org.

Learn more at thetrucker.com.

Owen Skoler October 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This sounds like such a cool program. Has your child participated? Would love to get some comments from parents about what they think of Trucker Buddy and, of course, awesome Kirkwood teacher Barbara Swalina.
Beth D-R October 16, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Mrs. Swalina is an AWESOME teacher! Trucker Buddy's is just one of the amazing things that she does. My son loved getting the postcards from all the different places and wanted to get out the map to find them all. I really appreciate challenging kids in creative ways, Mrs. Swalina does that. How do we clone her ?
SKramer October 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
My daughter was in Mrs. Swalina's class three years ago. She loved the Trucker Buddy program! Not only did she receive letters and postcards, she received a Christmas gift and the Trucker Buddies even brought their big rig to school at the end of the year for a surprise visit! This is just one example of the great things Mrs. Swalina does in her classroom! She is a teacher who truly loves teaching and her students.
Owen Skoler October 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Thanks for sharing your experiences! Another example of why Kirkwood Schools are the best, if you ask me. I'll look into cloning, Beth D-R. ;)
Randy Schwartzenburg October 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The partnership between Barbara and Kym and Al has truly improved the lives of their students. That partnership is re-created all across the country and even into Canada and in Europe with our 4,000+ volunteers. I have so many opportunties to "brag" on our teachers and Trucker Buddies, but especially want to congratulate Barbara and the Hemerson's! They are our country's unsung heroes. Randy Schwartzenburg Executive Director Trucker Buddy International


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