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DeSoto Middle School Welcomes New Students Working Against Tobacco Advisor
March 12, 2019

After a recent restructure of our DeSoto County SWAT Youth Program, we are proud to officially welcome our new DMS SWAT Advisor, Michele Fanning.

Mrs. Fanning is originally from Long Island, N.Y. but moved to Florida with her family in 2001. This is her 7th year teaching. She currently teaches 7th grade civics at Desoto Middle School. Prior to teaching at the middle school level, she taught 5th grade at Memorial Elementary School for 5 years. She also taught social studies at DeSoto County Juvenile Justice before they closed.


“I worked for several years as a career coach for at risk youth in Charlotte County. I enjoy working with kids, especially those that need some extra support and confidence. My hope is to spread my joy of learning to every student I encounter.” – Mrs. Fanning
Mrs. Fanning has truly hit the ground running and is working hard to get the middle school SWAT club back up and running. She has a passion for youth, and we know that she will do an amazing job encouraging our middle school SWAT youth to remain tobacco free and go after their dreams.

For more information on the SWAT chapter in DeSoto County, please contact Jodie DeLoach at