7th & 8th Grade

7th and 8th Grade Teacher 

Lori Alvarez 
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I grew up in a small community on the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. During my last year at La Crosse, I did an internship at Black River Falls Middle School where I taught a variety of subjects to 6th grade students. I then spent some time substitute teaching in a variety of districts, including schools in Texas and California. After moving back to Wisconsin I spent seven years teaching in a private school in Wauwatosa where I also taught science to middle school age children. And, here it is my 19th year of teaching Science at Swallow School. I can hardly believe it! During my time here at Swallow School, I have also earned my Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, met some really great students and families and had the opportunity to work with some amazing staff members.

I have one daughter, Alyssa, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013, and  Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, IA, in 2017. I enjoy spending time with her when given the opportunity, but I also enjoy working in my yard, reading, decorating, riding my bike and taking long walks.

I look forward to working with the students in 7th and 8th grade, and will push them to their full potential as I work hard to prepare them for what lies ahead in high school.

Lori Alvarez

 Anne Bolin  

Anne Bolin 
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Middle School Communications

Education and Experience:

I have my Bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from UW-Madison and a MA Ed. Specializing in Secondary English Education from the University of Maryland-College Park. After earning my undergraduate degree I worked as the public relations coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation in Southeast Wisconsin. I found that I enjoyed teaching my interns about writing more than any other aspect of my job, so I decided to go back to school to become a teacher.   I came to Swallow from Franklin High School where I taught face to face and online classes at every level for five years. I started looking into middle school teaching during the 2013-2014 school year while subbing as a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Lake Country and North Lake schools. I also took an online position co-teaching seventh and eighth grade English classes for e-Achieve Academy. These experiences led me to seek a permanent full-time middle school position.


When I’m not in the classroom, I love watching football, going hiking, and kayaking with my husband David, our three kids: Winifred, Stone, and Imogen; and our dogs. These days we are spending less time kayaking as our young children are still developing their sea legs. Having three children in three years has opened us up to a variety of exciting experiences and challenges, as well as great children’s literature selections!

I’m looking forward to a fun year with the middle school!

Dr. Kroner

Charisse Kroner
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Mrs. Kroner is in her 13th year teaching at Swallow School.

Mrs. Kroner completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary/Middle Level Education at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. She earned her Master's in Education from Cardinal Stritch University. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a focus on learning and development, through the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in August of 2017.

Personal Life
Mrs. Kroner enjoys spending time with her son and husband. Camping, biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, cooking, and cheering for the Brewers & Packers are some of her favorite activities. Researching and volunteering are also passions of hers.

Elementary/Middle (1-9), Social Studies (1703)
Masters in Education, Ph.D. Educational Psychology (Learning & Development)

Jackie Hagenow 

Jackie Hagenow 
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Social Studies

My name is Jackie Hagenow and I am the seventh and eighth grade Social Studies teacher here at Swallow.I will be spending two years teaching your child about subjects ranging from economics to the Aztecs.

As a Wisconsin native, I grew up in West Bend.After graduating high school, I attended Marquette University where I earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education.Shortly after, I completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling at Marquette University as well.This will be my 27th year of teaching at Swallow and my 31st year of teaching altogether! I am also married and have three children who keep me very busy with sports, academics, and outdoor activities.

My goal for the year is not only to challenge your child academically, but to help them understand their potential.Each child has different talents and abilities they utilize day to day.I want them to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and strive for improvement thereby building responsibility and character as well as the desire for lifelong learning.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Jackie Hagenow

Mrs. Nelson

Gretchen Nelson 
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Middle School Literature

Education and Experience:
Mrs. Nelson is a proud UW-Madison alumni where she completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary/Middle Education (1-9), with a minor in English. She went on to further her education by receiving a Master's degree from Cardinal Stritch in Curriculum and Instruction. This is her 16th year teaching at Swallow School. Prior to teaching 7th and 8th grades she taught 5th grade and was the district’s reading specialist.

Personal Life
Mrs. Nelson enjoys spending time with her family; she has three children Bennett, Addie, and Olivia. Together their family loves to ski, go boating, and travel. They all enjoy cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers and especially love football season. Mrs. Nelson can always be found with a book and looks forward to talking about literature with her many students.

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