Taylor Swift’s elementary school teachers remember her as a young star

Turns out Taylor Swift doesn’t just speak now when it comes to writing, but has long had a reputation for being fearless.

Two of her former teachers recently spoke to CBS News Philadelphia about how a young Swift foreshadowed her talent.

“She always was writing poetry, always,” said now retired music teacher Barbara Kolvek. “Even in music class, even when she shouldn’t.”

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Swift’s latest album, which is breaking records, is titled The Tortured Poets Department.

Kolvek taught the superstar from first through fourth grade at the Wyndcroft School in Pottstown.

She spoke fondly of her former student, with whom she stayed in touch for a time over email.

LAS VEGAS - MAY 23:  Country singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 41st Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

“I feel like maybe I gave her a little spark or encouragement to do what she was doing,” Kolvek told the outlet.

“I would say how proud I was of her and that she has never lost her focus and she’s never lost the real person that she is,” Kolvek added. “She’s always been very honest and open, and I admire that in her.”

Heather Brown is a former third grade teacher who had Swift in her first class.

She told CBS, “Every student has a special quality.”

“And you always remember every student from the quality they have,” she said. “Taylor’s quality was just being she was one of those students where people just drew to.”

Swift recently dropped her 11th studio album The Tortured Poets Department and just two hours later shocked fans by dropping a second, The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology.

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The second album included all 16 songs off the original, and also treated listeners to another 15 tracks. 

She announced the second album on her social media, posting an image of the album artwork to Instagram alongside the caption, “It’s a 2am surprise: The Tortured Poets Department is a secret DOUBLE album. ✌️

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment of TTPD: The Anthology And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours. 🤍”