Essential Staff 

These staff members help keep Kaleidoscope running smoothly day in and day out. Their roles range from office staff, building engineers, police liaison officers, counselors, and more.

Shandee Kempf-CohenShandee
School Counselor


Shandee Kempf-Cohen will be working as a School Counselor at Kaleidoscope Academy and comes to the Appleton Area School District with 11 years of experience from the School District of New London.

Shandee received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master’s degree from Lakeland College.

Shandee is excited to be at Kaleidoscope Academy and can’t wait to be an advocate for students while teaching them about important life skills such as having a growth mindset, using daily mindfulness, and social thinking. 

Shandee lives in Appleton with her husband and two sons. Shandee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, cooking, being outside.

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” -J.C. Wells

Peggy BrinkmannPeggy

I’m excited to be re-entering the field of education after a long hiatus to be at home, raising kids and CEO-ing for my family. My husband of 22 years is a middle school principal in a neighboring district where we live and our 

Three great kids attend school. Grace is a senior, Jane is a freshman and Ben is an 8th grader. Over the past 15 years while I’ve been at-home, I’ve done lots of volunteering in schools and community organizations. I’ve also been a fitness instructor and yoga teacher. I continue to teach at the YMCA and at Empower Yoga downtown.

My goal at Kaleidoscope is to know and serve all kids, individually, in small groups, in and out of the classroom. I am passionate about learning and teaching others how to increase awareness of their bodies and minds to live healthier, happier lives and make a positive impact in the world around us. Self-regulation is an important skill, affecting our relationships, our classrooms and our homes.

You’ll find me on my yoga mat, listening to music, breathing deeply – to get through life. My time away from KA is spent hanging at the soccer field, riding my bike, gaming with my kids and wrapping up our Sherlock and Dr. Who family summer tv binges!

I believe that kids do well when they can. When they aren’t doing well, I want to assist in peeling away layers to find what’s getting in the way. I’m looking forward to a great year at KA.

Lisa Hermus
School PsychologistHermus

Mrs. Hermus has worked as a school psychologist in the Appleton Area School District since 2005. In addition to working at Kaleidoscope Academy, Mrs. Hermus works at Jefferson Elementary/Fox River Academy and Columbus Elementary/Appleton Bilingual School. 

Prior to working in the AASD, Mrs. Hermus worked as a school psychologist in Bloomington Minnesota School District for 8 years.

Mrs. Hermus grew up in Appleton and graduated from Appleton West. She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

In the schools, her role is to collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  When Mrs. Hermus is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter, Ella.

Sara Panighetti

Social WorkerSara

Ms. Panighetti is the School Social Worker at Kaleidoscope Academy, Einstein Middle School, and Appleton Public Montessori. Ms. Panighetti grew up in a small town outside of Milwaukee and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice and a Masters of Social Work degree from UW–Madison.

She enjoys helping students develop the social and emotional skills to be successful and prepared for college, a career, and the community.

Ms. Panighetti is passionate about not only supporting students, but also their families to ensure student success. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and reading.

Carin Farrell
Business Secretary Carin


Mrs. Farrell is the Business Secretary at Kaleidoscope Academy. She joined the Appleton Area School District in 2017, after working for a local non-profit for many years.  

She attended UW-Stevens Point where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture.

When Mrs. Farrell is not in the school office, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and putting her design skills to use.

Patti Garvey
Student Services SecretaryPatti

Ms. Garvey came to Kaleidoscope Academy in 2016. She brings almost 20 years experience working with children and families, where she spent most of that time with Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. She lived in Colorado for a couple of years before returning back “home” to Appleton.  

Ms. Garvey is happy to be back in the community she grew up in, being closer to family and working with children again.

She enjoys Packers and Brewers games, live music, going to her lake cabin in the northwoods, and playing sports with her son.  

“I am excited to part of the KA family, and look forward to many years of making a positive impact on our youth.”

Erin Cannon
School NurseErin


The school nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise and oversight for the provision of school health services and promotion of health education.  

Using clinical knowledge and judgment, the school nurse provides health care to students and staff, performs health screenings and coordinates referrals to the medical home or private healthcare provider. 

The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate for health care and a healthy school environment (American Nurses Association & National Association of School Nurses [ANA & NASN], 2011). 

Erin has been with the district since January 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of WI- Oshkosh and has been a registered nurse with the State of WI since 2010. Prior to joining us in the district, Erin worked as a pediatric triage nurse at Thedacare Pediatrics as well as inpatient NICU/pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of WI. When Erin is not working, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband, Joel, who also works in the district, and their 4 children, Noah, Hailey, Ella, and Eli.

If you are a parent/guardian and wish to discuss your student’s health related concern, please contact Erin Cannon at cannonerin@aasd.k12.wi.us.  For urgent needs, you may call

Jenna Schmitz
Health Room Paraprofessional

Paula Reigel

Study Hall/ISS Supervisor/Boys and Girls ClubPaula

Ms. Reigel has been with Roosevelt since August 2000.

She works as the SWISS data entry person and Reflection Room supervisor.

She also work the Boys and Girls Club before/after school program for the past 8 years. She enjoys the special bonds and connections she makes with her students.

Katrina Lake

Miss Lake is the Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club here at Kaleidoscope Academy. She runs both the morning and afternoon program for our students with the help of her fabulous team.

She has worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 2 years and is extremely passionate about the work she does. Miss Lake graduated from UW-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.

Outside of work, she enjoys sailing, fishing, shooting bow, reading, and spending time with friends and family. For any Club updates or information, check out our website here.

Sargent Tyrell West

Sgt. West has worked as a police officer for 12 years between the Appleton Police Department and the Sheboygan Police Department. 

During his time at APD, Sgt. West has filled a number of different roles to include a member of the SWAT team, an EVOC and DAAT instructor, a bike officer, and a field training officer.  In his free time Sgt. West enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.

Clarke Davidson


Mr. Davison has been the Building Maintenance Engineer at Kaleidoscope Academy since 2008. He is responsible for the HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing systems in the school building.

As part of AASD Energy Management Program he schedules school events & activities into the  Building Control System. He coordinates all contracted services, performs security and safety inspections, responds to all alarms and emergency calls and is responsible for snow removal.

When not at work he enjoys camping, riding bike, playing golf and fishing.

Clarke is a licensed Power Plant Operating Engineer, Facilities Maintenance Technician and a Heating and Air Conditioning Technician.

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