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.


Sarah CoenenMs. Coenen
Literacy Coach

Ms. Coenen is Kaleidoscope Academy’s Instructional Coach.  Her main role is to work with teachers in Professional Learning Communities to improve their practice and learning outcomes for students.  Prior to becoming a coach, Ms. Coenen was a classroom teacher for 19 years ranging from grades 4th-8th.  Ms. Coenen received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.   In her spare time, Ms. Coenen loves traveling, reading a good book, or cooking delicious meals. 

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

Laura DickensonLaura Dickenson Picture

School Counselor

Laura Dickenson is our School Counselor and has been at KA since 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Laura earned her master's degree in School Counseling through Lakeland University. She grew up in Appleton, attending schools within the Appleton Area School District from K-12, and decided to move back to the area after her undergraduate degrees were completed. Laura's favorite part of her job is seeing the growth students make over the time they spend at KA. She also loves to laugh, help people, and get know others within the KA community. When she is not at work or studying, Laura can be found spending time outside waterskiing, swimming, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, or enjoying a nice campfire. She also is a self-proclaimed, "foodie," finding enjoyment in cooking, baking, and trying new recipes. Laura loves to read, paint, and drink coffee. She typically has music, podcasts, or audiobooks going in the background while engaging in her favorite activities.

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.

Shannon Paulson
School NurseShannon Paulson

Shannon Paulson is our school nurse here at Kaleidoscope.  This is her second year with Appleton Area School District, but Shannon has over 15 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse. She also serves Appleton Bilingual School, Columbus, Edison, and Franklin Elementary Schools. Nurse Shannon is originally from Chetek, Wisconsin where she grew up on a family produce/hobby farm and greenhouse.  She moved to the Fox Valley in the late 90’s.  Nurse Shannon is married and has three great kids, two dogs, 11 chickens, a big garden and a fish farm out in the country. Nurse Shannon enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, playing ukulele, and spending time with her family. Nurse Shannon makes sure every one of her students have all the resources they need to be healthy and safe. If a student has a health condition, she works with the student, their parents/guardian, and doctor to be sure they have the most up to date health plan and medical information available. She oversees all medications, medical procedures, and staff education related to each student’s health condition and uses a holistic approach to care. Her favorite place to be is in the Health Room with students making sure they have the best care possible.

Vicki Powers
Health Room Paraprofessional

Mrs. Powers started at AASD in 2016, working as a Health Para at the elementary level, and is excited to be starting her first full year at KA.  Mrs. Powers has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UW-O, and has spent most of her career doing financial analysis, so she is happy to be working with students in her second career.   When she’s not working, Mrs. Powers loves to spend time with  her husband John and other family and friends.  Mrs. Powers also sings in a barbershop quartet and chorus, and does a lot of volunteering.  She also loves to travel and craft. 

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.”


Paula Reigel

Study Hall/ISS Supervisor/Boys & 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.

Clarke Davison


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.

Greg VanderHeiden
Student Resource Officer

Bio and picture coming soon.

Melissa Dickenson 
Buisiness Secretary

Bio and picture coming soon.

Stephanie Marta
Social Worker

Bio and picture coming soon.