Niki Swagerty joined John Adams Academy Elementary School in 2012, following 14 years of service in both public and private schools around the Sacramento area. Her career began at Oak Hills Elementary School, where she taught 1st grade for two years before moving to the Western Placer Unified School District in Lincoln. Prior to being named the Assistant Dean of Elementary in 2016, Mrs. Swagerty taught second grade at JAA- Roseville; second, third and a fourth/fifth combination class at Carlin C. Coppin Elementary in Lincoln, as well as kindergarten and first grade at Merryhill School in Roseville.
Mrs. Swagerty grew up in a military family and attended school in Germany, Oklahoma, and Colorado before graduating from SHAPE American High School in Belgium. She received her undergraduate degree from Sacramento State University in Liberal Studies, and her credential in Elementary Education from UC Davis. She earned her master’s degree in teaching with a specialization in reading from National University. This specialty area informs both her leadership and teaching approach, as she views literacy as the keystone of academic progress.
Mrs. Swagerty considers a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and scholars. She believes relationships with parents, teachers, and the community are essential to enriching the experience at John Adams Academy.
During her free time, Mrs. Swagerty enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family.