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 Music Teacher

Laurie Calbaum 
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General Music/Choir

Mrs. Calbaum has taught choir/general music at Swallow School for 5 years. She was previously a K-6 general music/choir teacher in the Elmbrook School District for 9 years and a 1-12 general music/choir teacher in the Cedar Grove-Belgium district for 3 years. Besides teaching public school, Mrs. Calbaum has been a graduate level music education class instructor, church choir director/accompanist, MSO docent instructor, Wisconsin Music Educators Association Listening Project chairperson and a presenter at various music conventions.

Mrs. Calbaum has a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has also accumulated over 25 graduate credits beyond her Master’s Degree in advanced education and music classes.

Mrs. Calbaum enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, singing, playing the piano, attending the theater, and gardening.  Mrs. Calbaum’s passion is not only teaching children music but also building a love and understanding of music.

Mr. Evans

Chris Evans 
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Physical Education/Health

Hello Swallow Parents and Students, my name is Chris Evans and it is my pleasure to be teaching here at Swallow School. I serve here teaching Physical Education/Health, as well as Project Lead The Way.

I graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 1984 and after a short stint in the army, moved on to UW-Whitewater where I received my bachelor’s degree in 1992. I spent my early teaching years at several other districts, Port Washington, St. Francis, and Waukesha; before finding a home here at Swallow. I went on to earn my master’s degree in computer science from Cardinal Stritch in 2002, and completed several PLTW courses from 2015-2019.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, and my hobbies include fishing, boating, biking and golfing.

It is my mission to help my students be as successful as possible in my classes. To help achieve that please reach out to me whenever the need arises to ensure that your student can reach their highest potential.

I have enjoyed all of my time here at Swallow, and I am excited to start another year working with all of our wonderful families. 
 Mrs. Jeanne Hanson

Jeanne Hanson
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Grades 4K-5

¡Hola Swallow Families!

My name is Jeanne Hanson and I teach 4K through fifth grade Spanish. You can just call me Señora. This is my sixth year teaching here at Swallow. Before that, I taught at St. Anthony’s and Queen of Apostles for K-8th graders since 2000.

I went to high school at Whitefish Bay High and graduated in 1982. After that I attended one year at UW-La Crosse and then transferred to UW-Madison to further my studies in foreign language. I spent the summer after high school in Weissenburg, Germany living with a family and also my junior year in college abroad in Sevilla, Spain. I graduated in 1988 with a Major in Spanish and Minors in Education, German and Italian.

After graduation, I met my husband in Madison and moved to California while he served four years in the Marine Corps. After that we moved back to Wisconsin where I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom for my two boys, Tyler and Trevor, who are currently ages 19 and 15.

In 2000, I began teaching Spanish one day a week with a substitute license and realized my passion for learning and teaching. I went back to school and received my teaching license for K-12 Spanish. When not at school, I enjoy cooking and entertaining for friends and family, taking long bike rides, practicing yoga and reading.

I truly enjoy my job and the variety that each day brings. I feel very fortunate to be able to see our students grow from kindergarten through 4th grade and miss them as they move on to 5th grade Spanish. I am a very positive and upbeat person and my classes are run the same way. I encourage all students to always try their best and take chances with the language. I am lucky to be at Swallow and to be surrounded by such a caring and committed staff.

Please let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns about your child or the Spanish language. I look forward to many more years here at Swallow teaching Spanish.

 Mrs. Gail Hoffman

Gail Hoffman
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General Music/Band

I'm so proud and excited to be a part of the Swallow School family! I have lived in the Lake Country Area all of my life. I taught dancing for 45 years with the Oconomowoc Parks and Recreation Department and 35 years in Watertown. This will be my 40th year teaching music. 

I am the Assistant Conductor, General Manager and Principal Clarinet with the Oconomowoc American Legion Band, Conductor of the Junior Legion Band, Director of the Lake Country Community Orchestra, President and participant of the Watertown Area Chamber Orchestra, Director of Immanuel Lutheran of Lebanon Voices of Praise and Orchestra and a participant in the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, East Troy Community Band and Swingin' Company B Swing Band. In addition this year I will also be teaching at North Lake and Stone Bank.

I look forward to sharing my passion for music with your student!
 Mr. Mike Lescohier

Mike Lescohier 
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Physical Education/Health
Athletic Director

Product of Stoughton High School (1992)

K-8th grade Physical Education

Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1998)
Master of Education, National Louis University (2004)

Extra Curricular Activities:
Boys' and Girls' Basketball
Boys’ and Girls' Volleyball
Intramural Golf

Fishing, camping, hiking, and playing most sports

Daughter Olivia and Son Joshua 
Two cats (Chloe and Junior)


Mrs. Mork

Rebecca Mork 
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Welcome to 4th-8th Grade Art!! My goals for students are that they will find success; gain artistic and problem-solving skills; learn that mistakes are a way to learn and grow; and discover a love for art -- whether it’s a medium, an artist, technique, process, or just a positive way to express themselves.

Professional Experience
One of the best things about teaching art is having the opportunity to see students grow from year to year. I have experience teaching in both art and regular education classrooms from Pre-K through 12th grade. I run both the 4-5th grade Art Club and the Middle school Art Club. Additionally, I am one of the Swallow Middle School Drama Club directors and the scenery designer.

My Bachelor’s Degree is in Art Education, Pre-K-12th Grade with a minor in English from UW-Milwaukee. In 2010, I earned a Pre-K through 6th Grade regular ed teaching license through the MAT program at Cardinal Stritch University; and in 2016 completed my Masters in the Art of Teaching, also through Cardinal Stritch.

Personal Life
I enjoy spending time with my husband, Steve, and three children -- Jakob (18), Annika (16), and Erika (14) and our fancy Australian Terrier/Basset/Beagle/Dachshund mix, Cinna. I also enjoy working on my own art, exercising, going to concerts and the theater, reading, spending time with friends, gardening, cooking, and playing/running team trivia. We are members of a German cultural group, so you may spot my family at various cultural events in the Metro Milwaukee area.

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