(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.
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“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.