Dr. Thompson
Melissa Thompson
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   I am honored to have served our school community in the role of Superintendent since July 2011. I began my career as a high school social studies teacher in 1998 and taught a myriad of courses  at Hortonville and Hartford High Schools. In 2003 I became an Assistant Principal and Activities/Athletic Director at Waukesha South High School and in 2008 the Principal of Waukesha West High School. 

During my educational career, I have presented on Hate Groups, Diversity, Adolescent Literacy and School Improvement, Differentiation, Student Use of Technology—Implications and Lessons for Schools, and Cyber bullying and Social Interaction with Technology– How to Talk to Your Child, the Master Facilities Planning Process and Community Engagement, facilitated strategic planning for school districts and organizations, and serve as a search consultant for districts seeking new superintendents. I also really enjoy and am frequently asked to present to aspiring administrators at local universities. 

My Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Lawrence University, and both my Master’s and Ph.D. degrees have been earned in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I enjoy spending time with my husband and four children, doing landscaping and home projects, reading, and exercising in my time away from work. 
 Mr. Adam Scanlan Adam Scanlan 
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  I am fortunate to serve as Principal & Director of Special Education for the Swallow School District. I look forward to working with all you as we continue Swallow’s record of excellence in both academics and character education.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business Marketing from Carroll College. I continued my educational journey with degrees from Cardinal Stritch University with both a Master of Arts in Teaching as well as a Master’s of Educational Leadership. Most recently I completed my Educational Specialist degree through Concordia University – Wisconsin and gained my superintendent licensure. I have had the opportunity to teach at both the elementary and middle levels in education, as well as serve as an administrator in both levels.

I am married to my best friend, Lauren, who is a teacher herself. We have very full hearts with our kids Abigail, Arthur, Maxwell, and Eleanor at home. We love attending baseball games and visiting the local lakes to get some swimming in. You will often find our family out on an adventure or cheering one another on at any of the given local triathlons in Wisconsin.

If you’d ever like to chat, schedule a tour or come on in for a cup of coffee, just shoot me an email or stop on by. We’d love to have you! 

Robert Nelson
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Director of Business Services


I am excited to be Swallow School District’s Director of Business Services. I will strive every day to create maximum value for our community and opportunities for students through efficient and effective operational processes and strategic financial management –always keeping Student First.

I earned both my Bachelors of Business Administration and my Master’s Degree in School Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I started my career as the School Business Manager for the Spooner Area School District. For the past two plus decades I have been Co-Owner and President of Dousman Transport (DTC), a school bus company with 10 locations and over 400 employees in southeast Wisconsin.

I am married to my best friend Amy and have three grown boys – Evan, Nathan and Gavin. The oldest are identical twins and are recent college graduates. My youngest is at UW-Madison pursuing a degree in Analytics and Statistics. Amy and I enjoy being active, especially camping, hiking and spending time with our boys (and two dogs).

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