Welcome to 4th and 5th Grade!

This year we are excited for students to learn to be navigators of their own learning! As we personalize the learning experience, students will be :

  • flexibly grouped throughout the day to best meet their individual needs
  • engaging in authentic problem based opportunities
  • learning 7 Mindsets which will help students persevere and problem solve
  • meeting with 1:1 mentors to set and monitor learning goals

Kendra Geise

Hi! I'm Mrs. Geise! This is my twenty-fifth year of teaching. I'm proud to say that all of these years have been at Swanson. Swanson is family and I hold a special place in my heart for all of the former Colt staff and students I've had the privilege to work with. Swanson has become my home away from home and I continue to learn from your students every day! Thank you for sharing them with me.

I am an Arvada native. I went to Weber Elementary, Moore Middle School, and Pomona High School. My own kids will be a senior and freshman in high school this year. The time sure has flown by for my husband, Andy, and I! I definitely get the chaos that life be trying to get homework done, dinner on the table, and shuttling kids to after school activities!

I view learning and as an adventure and love to see the look of wonder or the spark of understanding in students' eyes! It's going to be an exciting year!

Contact me at: Kendra.Geise@jeffco.k12.co.us OR (303)982-0879

Crystal Parson

Hi! I'm Mrs. Parson! This is my thirteenth year of teaching and my twelfth here at Swanson. My favorite thing about Swanson is the community. I enjoy getting to know my students and their families. I love the connections that I am able to make that last a lifetime.

I’m an Arvada native. I went to Fitzmorris Elementary, Arvada Middle School, and Arvada West High School. My husband, Jason, and I are enjoying raising our “spicy” little girl Alexis who loves to play outside. She fills our days with lots of smiles and non-stop giggles. I am an avid reader and gardener. We enjoy camping, going to Rockies games, and never miss a Mammoth (indoor lacrosse) game.

My classroom is an active place where exploring and learning about ourselves is just as important as the content we are learning. I come to work each day looking forward to the moments when new things begin to click for my students. I am a lifelong learner myself and value being able to pass along the love of learning to all of my students.

Contact me at: Crystal.Parson@jeffco.k12.co.us OR (303) 982-5855

Michelle Rodenburg


“Teachers who love teaching, love students who love learning”

~ Robert John Meechan

I am lucky enough to be entering my 15th year at Swanson where I have taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Being outdoors inspires me and I love hiking, jeeping, camping, motorcycling, and swimming, but my passion is writing. I love being in a quiet outdoor space with time to write. I am happily married, have three grown children, and a 3 year old puppy that are the loves of my life. I look forward to meeting our families and working together to help our children succeed.

Mackenzie Whipple

Hi! I'm Mrs. Whipple! This is my ninth year of teaching and my first here at Swanson. I am very excited to join this hard-working community. I love the connections made during the school year with students and families. I'm looking forward to working with your students.

I am from Iowa and moved to Colorado four years ago with my husband, Kirk. Our days outside of school and work are spent chasing our very independent, almost toddler, Silvi. She keeps us busy! When not at school or playing with her, I love to read and spend time with friends. Kirk and I love to go out to eat to try new places and getting outside with Silvi as much as we can.

Our classroom is a place of hard-work and fun. We'll work to learn the skills to succeed in life! This will be an adventurous year!

Contact me at: mlwhippl@jeffco.k12.co.us