Middle School

 Mrs. Bolin  

Anne Bolin 
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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 7th and 8th grade teacher at Lake Country and North Lake schools. I also took an online position co-teaching 7th and 8th 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 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!

 Srta. Losiniecki

Melissa Losiniecki 
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¡Hola Swallow families! My name is Melissa Losiniecki and I am very excited to be teaching 6th-8th grade Spanish at Swallow School. I am very passionate about the Spanish language and culture and consider myself lucky to get to share that with your children!

I grew up in Okauchee and attended Oconomowoc High School, where I first fell in love with Spanish. I continued my studies at UW-Madison, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. I spent a semester of my junior year at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain where my language skills really exploded! Partly because of this experience, I strive to use as much Spanish as possible in the classroom to try and emulate that immersion into the language. After college, I worked in sales for a few years and I eventually moved to Hawaii where I attended UH-Hilo and earned my teaching certification. Life brought me back home to Wisconsin shortly after graduating. I have since taught English as a foreign language in Costa Rica and K4-8th grade Spanish at St. Roman’s in Milwaukee. I have also taught and subbed at Oconomowoc, Kettle Moraine, Arrowhead, and even Swallow!

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, participating in Fitbit step competitions (my highest badge is 70,000 steps in one day!), reading, boating, and hiking.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am eagerly anticipating a great first year and many more to follow at Swallow School!

Mrs. Nelson

Gretchen Nelson 
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Education and Experience:

Education and Experience:

Mrs. Nelson is a 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 in Education from Cardinal Stritch.  She has taught at Swallow School since 2003. Prior to teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grades she taught 5th grade and was the district’s reading specialist.  Mrs. Nelson was proudly honored with the Herb Kohl Fellowship award in 2017.

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.

 Mrs. Rice

Andrea Rice
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Social Studies

I have been so fortunate to be a part of the Swallow learning community since 1990, first as a student and starting in 2006 as a teacher. It has been a unique opportunity to continue my learning in this wonderful school as an adult after having an amazing experience here as a child. Prior to teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade social studies I taught 3rd grade for 11 years and 6th grade for 2 years.  Before coming to Swallow I taught 3rd and 4th grade in Milwaukee, at The Academy of Accelerated Learning, and 1st grade in Beloit Public Schools.  

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2001 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance, and in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, grades 1-8 with a social studies minor.  In April 2010, I earned my Master's of Science in Literacy Education Degree from Walden University.  In May of 2016, I received my 316 Reading Teacher License from Concordia University.

In my time away from school I love spending time with my husband Pat and our blended family of 5 children.  Together, we love to play in the backyard, travel to fun places, make fun new foods, and enjoy time with our dogs!  We are very blessed.

Each new school year I look forward to helping all students thrive while reaching academic goals, and creating happy memories of their time at Swallow!

 6th Grade Teacher  

Charlie Smith 
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Mr. Smith started teaching at Swallow in 2014 and he became a teacher way back in 1992! His past experiences include teaching all subjects in grades 5-8 and freshman social studies. He has experience coaching track & field, football and basketball.

Mr. Smith graduated from Carroll College with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. He has a Master's degree from Carroll in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Master's degree from Cardinal Stritch in Educational Leadership.

Personal Life:
Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, reading, and traveling.

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