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Meet the Principal

a message from our principal

Dear Families and Community Members,

I am honored with the opportunity to serve as principal for Gateway Polytechnic Academy. I strive to lead with passion and dedication, forever motivated to optimize the academic, social, and emotional growth of every student in our care.

With a deeply-held belief in serving the greater good, my last eighteen years have been devoted to the field of education. Fifteen of those years I served as a classroom teacher and counselor, followed by three as a principal. I received my bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University (Go, Devils!) in elementary education, my master’s degree in counseling from Oakland University, and my EdD (pending dissertation defense) in education leadership from Northern Arizona University.

After completing my original degree with Arizona State University, I moved back to my home state of Michigan to marry my high school sweetheart and begin raising a family. There we had two beautiful girls before loading up the minivan and heading west for Arizona in 2011. Once here, our youngest daughter was born, completing our family of five. Our nights and weekends are filled with piano, softball, swimming, and more – busy, but good busy, watching our daughters do what they love.  

When not in the stands or at a recital, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, reading, and following our local teams, especially the Sun Devils and Diamondbacks. 

Yours in Education,

Tom Swaninger

Tom Swaninger 
Principal

Gateway Polytechnic Academy
5149 S. Signal Butte
Mesa, AZ  85212
Phone:  (480) 987-7440
Fax:  (480) 986-1848
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