Elizabeth A. Swift Ed.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Education

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  • Ed. D., Educational Leadership, University of Southern California
  • M.A., School Administration, Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A., Home Economics with a minor in History, California State University Long Beach


  • Administrative Services Credential, Tier 1
  • Standard Secondary Teacher Credential


  • Mayor of the City of Buena Park, 2013
  • Elected to a four-year term on the City Council of the City of Buena Park, 2010 - Present
  • Elected Governing Board Member: Buena Park School District, 1979 -2010
  • Dean of Attendance: Fullerton Joint Union High School District, 1987 - 2010
    • Also serving as: Teacher, Activities Director, Academy Coordinator, Special Projects Coordinator, Mentor Teacher, Advisement Coordinator
  • Assistant Principal: Anaheim Union High School District, 2002 - 2003
  • Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Board of Directors and the OCFA Budget and Finance Committee Chair


  • EDU 6512 Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools (Social Science)
  • EDU 6630 Education Policy and Governance
  • EDU 6800, 6810, 6820 Directed Administrative Field Experience I, II, III
  • Student Teacher Supervision


  • Selected by Assemblyman Tony Mendosa as the "Buena Park Woman of the Year" for the 56th Assembly District, March 2012
  • Marian Bergeson Outstanding School Board Member Award, Orange County School Boards Association, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, Buena Park High School, 2008
  • District Teacher of the Year, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, 2008
  • Golden Bell award for innovative program, California School Boards Association for the Advanced Academics Academy, Buena Park High School, 2008
  • Distinguished Teacher, Rotary Club of Buena Park, 2008
  • Citizen of the Year, Rotary Club of Buena Park, 2006
  • Honored Teacher, California State University Fullerton Department of Education, 2006
  • Grants from Wilson W. Phelps Family Foundation for Buena Park High School’s Advanced Academic Academy, 2006 ($59,000) and 2005 ($62,000)


  • School Governance and Funding
  • New Teacher Support
  • Creating Engaging Social Science Lessons
  • Academic Standards


  • Dissertation: A Central Office Staffing Model to Provide for an Adequate Education, 2006
  • Press Releases for La Habra High School and Buena Park High School published in local newspapers, 2000-2002 and 2004-2010


  • Panelist: Assemblyman Ken Maddox’s Town Hall Meeting on Education
  • Inspiration Speaker: Home Economics Teachers Association of California (HETAC) Leadership and Management Conference Breakfast
  • Workshop Presenter: HETAC Leadership and Management Conference


I enjoy participating in local government, and after serving on a school board for 31 years, I ran for and was elected to the City Council of Buena Park in 2010.  At home I enjoy sewing, reading, spending time with my husband, our four daughters, their husbands, and our eleven grandchildren.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13