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Scott Swaaley

GRITLab @ The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High

Scott facilitates complex interdisciplinary STEM projects with a focus on developing GRIT in students. He started his career as a small business owner, electrical engineer, and renewable energy systems consultant before serendipity guided him to a second career in teaching. After starting his teaching career at High Tech High, Scott then went on to found a Project Based Learning and Social and Emotional Learning consultancy called GRITLab and is now the Assistant Director of the Innovation Lab at The Nueva School.

Scott’s work with students has been recognized in the documentary films Most Likely to Succeed and Beyond Measure as well as by the Paul G. Allen Foundation, Google, San Diego Foundation, Aerospace Physiology Society, McGraw Hill, Education Week, and the Teaching Channel.