CHINO (CBS LA) — 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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