When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.
-- John Berger

About Ms. Swearingen

This is the soon-to-be-famous Ms. Swearingen. She joined the staff at the school where Mr. Flores teaches, Mission Bell Elementary, in the summer of 2013.

Mr. Flores believes all teachers should be friends with their school librarians. They're smart and they know a lot about books! They are super helpful, and they are really nice. At least all the librarians that Mr. Flores has met are nice, and he's met a LOT of librarians! Mr. Swearingen is nice. She has been super smart and nice ever since she was a kid. How does Mr. Flores know? He knows this because he knew her when she was a kid. In fact, Mr. Flores was her fifth grade teacher!

Mr. Flores loves being visited by former students. He loves it even more when they are smart, kind, and helpful. With Ms. Swearingen working at the same school, it's like he is being visited by a smart, kind, and helpful former student every day!


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