7th & 8th Grade

7th and 8th Grade Teacher 

Lori Alvarez 
262-367-2000 x205


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 
262-367-2000 x203

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!

Doug Destache 

Doug Destache 
262-367-2000 x201



My name is Mr. Destache also known as Mr. D.

Spouse: Carolyn
Daughters: Nicole Casper, 29 (Financial Analysis)
Jamie, 24 (Grad Student at University of Oregon studying Sports Medicine)

This will be my 35th year teaching at Swallow School.
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1983 and received my Masters Degree in Education in 1990.

I enjoy coaching: Football for 33 years
Hobbies include: Biking, Fishing, Curling, Kayaking, and almost anything dealing with the outdoor.

I enjoy teaching and look forward to having another great year at Swallow School.

You may contact by email or phone.

Jackie Hagenow 

Jackie Hagenow 
262-367-2000 x204

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

5th Grade Teacher

Gretchen Nelson 
262-367-2000 x202

Middle School Literature

Professional Experience

Mrs. Nelson is currently in her thirteenth year teaching at Swallow School.

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.

Personal Life
Mrs. Nelson enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, water skiing, downhill skiing, decorating, traveling, and video editing. Cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers is another favorite activity.

Elementary/Middle (1-9) (118)
English (300)
Masters in Curriculum & Instruction

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2018 West Corporation. All rights reserved.