Specials

 Music Teacher

Laurie Calbaum 
Email 
262-367-2000 x314  

Welcome to Swallow School Music!
My name is Laurie Calbaum and I have been the general music/choir teacher at Swallow School since 2012.

Work Experience
I have taught 4K-8th grade choir/general music at Swallow School since 2012. Previously, I was 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, I have been a graduate-level music education class instructor, church choir director/accompanist, MSO docent instructor, Wisconsin Music Educators Association Listening Project chairperson, a presenter at various music conventions/workshops, and a developer of various music education materials/lessons.

Education
I have a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and have accumulated over 25 graduate credits beyond my master’s degree in advanced education and music classes.

Personal Life
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, singing, playing the piano, attending the theater, gardening, and playing board/digital games.

My passion is to teach music and build a love and understanding of music!
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to another great year!
 
   
 
Olivia Griepentrog
Email 
262-367-2000 x105

Art

Welcome to 4K & 5K Art! What I enjoy the most in teaching 4K/5K Art is
seeing how students bring their imagination to life! In our art class we will
learn the fundamentals of visual art through exploration and play. We have
a blast discovering new materials and learning how to work together to
solve problems and overcome challenges. I cannot wait to see what we will
create together!

Professional Experience
I have been teaching Elementary Art for 4 years. During my teaching
career, I have collaborated with co-staff for Music concerts, Student Art
Shows, and facilitated student murals for the school building. I also enjoy
continuing learning through University-led professional development and I
continue to attend state and national visual arts education conferences.

Education
My Bachelor’s Degree is in K-12 Grade Art Education from UW-Milwaukee.

Personal Life
When I’m not teaching art, I enjoy creating repurposed and recycled
jewelry that can be purchased through Etsy. I attend many craft fairs and
sell my work as a fun hobby. I recently began training in a Mixed Martial
Arts gym, practicing kickboxing and jiu-jitsu and look forward to competing
soon. At the end of a long day, you can find me snuggling with my cat Iggy
and watching movies with my fiance, Marshal. Currently, we are planning
a wedding for next summer!
   
 
Mr. Evans
 

Chris Evans 
Email 
262-367-2000 x156

Engineering
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
Email 
262-367-2000 x144

Grades 4K-5

¡Hola Swallow Families!

My name is Jeanne Hanson and I teach 4K through 5th grade Spanish. I started teaching Spanish at Swallow in 2006. Before that, I taught Spanish at St. Anthony’s and Queen of Apostles in Pewaukee for K-8th graders from 2000-2006.

I grew up in Whitefish Bay and attended WFB High School. My love for language started early; when I took French in 6th grade, Spanish in 8th grade and then added German my senior year of high school. I spent the summer after high school in Weissenburg, Germany living with a family through the German club. I attended my freshman year at UW-La Crosse and then transferred to UW-Madison. I spent my junior year in college studying language and culture abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. I traveled all over Europe that summer and spent 3 weeks in the Greek Islands! I graduated in 1988 with a Major in Spanish and Minors in Education, German and Italian. In 1988 I met my husband in Madison and moved to 29 Palms, California while he served four years in the Marine Corps. After that we moved back to Wisconsin where I became a mom for my two boys, Tyler and Trevor and taught exercise classes at the YMCA and Westwood Health and Fitness. In 2000, I began teaching Spanish one day a week at the church around the corner with a substitute license and realized my passion for teaching. I went back to school in 2004 and received my teaching license for K-12 Spanish in 2006.
When not teaching, I enjoy practicing yoga, essential oils, cooking and entertaining for friends and family, taking long bike rides, card making and reading. Lots and lots of reading!
I’m always excited for the start of a new school year. I love guiding and riding along with students on their Spanish language journey. I am also very passionate about how we can learn more about ourselves in order to become mindful, compassionate and kind humans. I feel very fortunate to be able to see our students grow from 4K through 5th grade. I am a very positive and upbeat person and my classroom environment reflects that. I encourage all students to take chances with the language...it’s how we grow! Feeling very lucky to be at Swallow and to be surrounded by such a caring and committed staff.

 Mrs. Gail Hoffman

Gail Hoffman
Email
262-367-2000 x318

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!
 
 
Mrs. Mork
 

Rebecca Mork 
Email
262-367-2000 x147

Art



 
Welcome to 1st-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 a middle school Art Club. Additionally, I am the scenery designer and one of the Swallow Middle School Drama Club directors.

Education
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 (21), Annika (19), and Erika (17) and our fancy Australian Terrier/Basset/Beagle/Dachshund mix, Cinna and our little Italian Doxie, Banksy. 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, and volunteering at Life Center MKE’s food pantry.
 
   
 
Scott Otto 
Email 
262-367-2000 x156  

Physical Education/Health/Adaptive Physical Education
  Hi! My name is Mr. Otto, and I am very excited for another awesome year at Swallow School! I am thrilled to be your teacher. I’m looking forward to a year of learning from each other, fun and excitement. I can’t wait to learn more about you, but first I’ll tell you a little about me.

I grew up in West Allis, WI and attended West Allis Central High School. In high school I participated on the football, basketball, track and baseball teams. I was also involved in the National Honors Society, Math Team and Conservation Club. I earned my degree in Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Coaching Education and Health Education from UW-Whitewater and my Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University-Wisconsin.

This year will be my 25th year in education. My previous positions have included Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Athletic/Activities Director, and Head Football Coach. I have taught physical education and health in the South Milwaukee, Hamilton-Sussex and West Allis-West Milwaukee School Districts.

I married my high school sweetheart and we celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary this summer. We have three boys and a dog. I love playing disc golf, working out and going to see live music.

If you ever have any questions feel free to email me or call and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to a great year!
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