The Savvy Teacher on her Second Act, A Conversation with Swati Patel Mangat (Episode #44)

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Swati studied Economics in college, and after graduating in 1993, she worked as an investment advisor trading stocks and bonds.  She also filed payroll taxes for national corporations.  She aimed to provide the best service for her clients, cultivate positive relationships, and work with teams to streamline processes.  She received an award for customer satisfaction prompted by letters of gratitude from her clients and co-workers.

During this period Swati would get married, and give birth to two beautiful girls. Around this time she chose to be a stay-at-home mom. As a hands-on mom with her daughter’s reading and scholastics, Swati discovered she had a natural love for children and teaching. As her girls got a bit older, and with other challenging life circumstances, she was faced with the need to return to work. As she considered her options as a career path, she felt a new calling. She realized that she longed for a more meaningful career, where she could continue being near children and teaching.

So, Swati decided to pursue her teaching credentials. With great determination, Swati earned her teaching credential and landed a job at her dream school in 2014.  She went on to earn a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) certification and was able to then land her dream job of teaching gifted learners.  A few years later, she was awarded Teacher of the Year by her colleagues.

During the pandemic, Swati taught online, and also went into the classroom to teach in person.  This difficult time solidified her belief that helping children develop not only their academic abilities, but their mindfulness and social skills, was what she was meant to do.

Swati believes that discipline, mindfulness, and positivity are the keys to a balanced life. She knows that there is always a shining light waiting for her after a difficult time has passed and that anything worth doing will be challenging.  She takes time to care for herself, her family, her friends, and her students.  She forgives herself for her mistakes and looks for lessons and ways to improve every day.  She loves the quote, “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”

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