World Languages


Mrs. Belonga

Carly Belonga
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Salut! Kaleidoscopes French teacher is Ms. Carly Busch and it is her fourth year teaching French at Kaleidoscope Academy. She was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her own studies of French began in middle school, continued at Appleton West High school and then later on at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

At UWO, she spent a period of 5 months in France where her skills, knowledge, and interest in the language and culture grew further. In 2009, she received a Bachelor’s degree in French Education.

Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, her cat Peanut, and going to the UP to relax and have fun. She is both excited and passionate about her career as a professional educator and is pleased to have begun teaching in her hometown where she can best relate to students.


Andrea AmelSeñora Amel
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¡Hola! Soy Señora Amel, la profesora de Español 7th, Español 8th y Global Perspectives (6th). Did you catch that? Mrs. Amel is proud to be in her 11th year teaching middle school Spanish in the Appleton Area School District. This is her 4th consecutive year teaching at Roosevelt/Kaleidoscope, teaching level 1 Spanish and her 2nd year teaching 6th grade Global Perspectives, where students explore a little bit of Spanish, French and German before choosing a language in 7th grade.  It’s a big decision, so the kids should choose the language they enjoy the most and would want to learn for two years. Mrs. Amel feels privileged to share the fun of learning another language with her students.

Mrs. Amel took Spanish in high school (Green Bay East), and Graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton with a Spanish degree and education certification. She has been to Costa Rica three different times, for a total of 1.5 years, where she really got to practice the language and learn all about their culture. She currently lives in Oshkosh, where her husband teaches 4th grade. They have two children, William (5) and Lucy (3).  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, riding bikes, swimming, watching movies, reading, and cooking exotic food. She also loves a good cup of coffee.

Nicole SeveringMrs. Severing Picture
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Mrs. Severing teaches Spanish at Kaleidoscope Academy and Wilson Middle School as well as French at East High School. She started working in the AASD in 2021 but previously taught French in Kaukauna.

Mrs. Severing graduated from UW-Madison, where she spent a wonderful semester studying abroad in France and traveling throughout Europe and Africa. After teaching in Kaukauna, Mrs. Severing became a student again herself and earned her Spanish teaching license from UW-Oshkosh. She is a lifelong learner of languages and loves traveling to experience different cultures and new places!

In her free time, Mrs. Severing enjoys reading, cooking, and watching TV shows with her husband. They have a very spoiled, very adorable cat named Oli, and love spending time with their five nieces whenever possible.

Being a teacher is Mrs. Severing’s absolute favorite thing and she is so excited to connect with all of her students and their families! Together, we’re going to have a great school year!

Whitney Van HoofSra. Van Hoof Picture
Zero Hour Spanish
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Sra. Van Hoof teaches Bilingual Spanish at Kaleidoscope Academy and various levels of Spanish at Appleton West High School.  Her love for learning and communicating in another language inspired her to become a Spanish teacher.  She earned her Spanish Degree (plus teaching certification) from UW-Madison and her Masters Degree from UW-La Crosse.  Sra. Van Hoof has been teaching in Appleton since 2021.

Always trying to improve her language skills, Sra. Van Hoof loves to travel and has been to a number of different countries.  She studied abroad in Spain and took students on trips to Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Belize.  Upon returning from trips, she values sharing her experiences with her students.

Sra. Van Hoof and her husband have a dog named Scout, whom they love to play with and take hiking.  In her free time, Sra. Van Hoof also likes to spend time outdoors, visit her family cabin, shop, explore new places, and hang out with her family and friends.

Rebecca Clifford
Zero Hour Spanish
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Bio and picture coming soon.