Team Expedition

Lisa Thiede

Lisa TheideMrs. Thiede is the 6th grade Kaleidoscope teacher who teaches Humanities on Team Expedition. She has been teaching in the Appleton School District since 2000 and has been teaching and serving on the Kaleidoscope Charter Board since it started in 2006. 

Mrs. Thiede is originally from Wisconsin and after receiving her BS degree in education and child development, she moved and taught on the east coast for 12 years. After getting her Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh she was excited to return to Appleton to live near her family.

Mrs. Thiede has two awesome sons and in her spare time likes to travel with her family, read, and train for upcoming races (running). She loves the challenges that come with integrating inquiry based activities with 21st century skills and working with students to develop their higher order thinking skills.


Doug Sunke
Math and Science

Doug Sunke

Mr. Sunke is a 6th grade teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy. He teaches Math and Science on Team Expedition. He has been teaching at the middle school and upper elementary levels since 1997 and has been with the Appleton Area School District since 2001.

While in Appleton, Mr. Sunke taught for 10 years at Lincoln Elementary, and 4 years at Franklin Elementary before joining the staff at Kaleidoscope in 2015. Mr. Sunke is originally from the Chicago area and moved to Wisconsin to receive his teaching degree from Lakeland College. He then went on to complete his Master’s in Education from Viterbo University. He currently resides in Appleton and coaches football at Appleton West.

Mr. Sunke has twin sons and a daughter that all attended Kaleidoscope. He really enjoys working with students that are excited about project based learning and providing a safe, fun, and challenging environment for all his students.