Mr. Swarr
  • Hello!

    I'm Mr. Swarr and I teach 6th grade science. I started teaching at Riverwood during the 2018-2019 school year. I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where I have lived all my life except for a two-year stint in Chicago, Illinois after graduating college. Did you know that teaching is not my first career? I graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Commercial Photography and worked as a photographer and assistant before finding my true calling. I earned my teaching certification through North Carolina State University.

    One of my favorite hobbies is playing guitar, which I've been doing since I was in middle school. I also try to teach myself simple songs on piano. Whether it be actively playing or passively listening, I am always passionate about my music. I started collecting vinyl records in college, and chances are you can find me at the local thrift stores and record stores searching for my next discovery. There are decades of recorded music that hold songs still new to my ears!

    I am so grateful to be part of the Riverwood family. It is a great privilege to be part of your learning experience.

    Thanks for visiting my website!

     

    Email: jonathanswarr@johnston.k12.nc.us

    Degrees and Certifications:

    Science Certified Grades 6-9, NCSU
    BS Commercial Photography, ASU

  • Virtual Office Hours

    Monday & Wednesday 12:00

    A link will be shared on Google Classroom for students to join a Google Meet at these times. This is a great time to ask questions about assignments or any other concerns you may want to share with me. Of course, you can email me at any time and I will try to respond as quickly as possible.

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  • Board of Education Meeting set for July 14

    The Johnston County Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at 4p.m. in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield. To comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, only the board members will be allowed in the boardroom. However, the open session portions of the meeting and all announcements will be accessible to the public via the livestream available online at www.johnston.k12.nc.us/boelive...

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  • High School Graduation Ceremony Update

    Based on guidance from the Johnston County Health Department and taking into consideration the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county in recent weeks, the original plan to host “modified” traditional graduation ceremonies will not be possible....

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  • JCPS delays summer athletic workouts until further notice

    THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020
    After careful review of the current trends regarding COVID-19, Johnston County Public Schools will delay voluntary workouts for high school fall sports athletic teams until at least July 20...

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  • JCPS considering three reopening scenarios for 2020-2021 school year

    Johnston County Public Schools has begun planning three possible reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon recently released documents provided to all school districts...

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