(LOSANGELES.CBSLOCAL) — Students at Chino High School returned to school this week to find that their chemistry teacher looked very different and had a new name: Amanda Swager.

“It’s just relaxing to be able to wake up in the morning and just be me,” Swager told KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz.

As Cruz reports, Swager grew up as a boy, Michael, but always knew there was something feminine about her. As an adult, she learned that she was actually genetically female and began transitioning.

“I look at myself in the mirror and I go, ‘I see a female body,’ ” she said.

Two years ago, Swager, 32, notified district leaders and planned on returning to school a woman after this summer.

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