Special Services

Chelsea Davison
Special Education – Paraprofessional

Chelsea Davison is a Special Education Paraprofessional at Kaleidoscope Academy. She currently supports students in 7th and 8th grade. While this is Chelsea’s first year as a paraprofessional in the district, she recently celebrated five years working in a similar setting for the YMCA of Appleton as an Assistant Teacher at Lincoln Elementary.

She is an Appleton native and graduated from our very own Appleton West High School. She attended UW Fox Valley for general education. When she is not at school, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family and friends relaxing. Her favorite summer activities include swimming, playing at the park with her nieces and nephews, and sitting by a campfire with friends.

In the winter, Chelsea enjoys sledding, channeling her inner Elsa and skiing. Her most favorite way to spend her time away from school is with her son, Winston. Chelsea is looking forward to many more years at Kaleidoscope.

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Laura Dickenson is a special education paraprofessional 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 is currently pursuing a 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.

Becky GibsonMrs. Gibson
Special Education

Mrs. Gibson is a special education teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy.  She joined the Kaleidoscope community in 2018.  Ms. Gibson received her Undergraduate degree and Masters degree from UW - Stevens Point.  Mrs. Gibson enjoys helping students become successful members of their school and community.  She loves to celebrate student successes and achievements, focusing on students' strengths and perseverance when obstacles present themselves. Mrs. Gibson grew up in Appleton and is an Appleton West alumni.  She met her husband at West and they continue to live in the Appleton community with their two kids.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family up north at the cottage where they enjoy swimming, campfires, and board games.  She also enjoys cooking, attending her kids sporting events, exploring local parks, reading, and loom knitting. 

Kim Hoefs 

Special Education

Mrs. Hoefs is a new special education teacher at Kaleidoscope.  She has been teaching in the Appleton Area School District for 4 years, but this is her 20th year teaching special education.  She has her Bachelor and Master degrees in Special Education from UW-Oshkosh.  This is her first year teaching at the middle school level.

Mrs. Hoefs is from northern Wisconsin and moved to the Appleton area in 2002.  She recently got married and is getting used to her new last name!  Mrs. Hoefs is also a foster parent and enjoys helping children learn and work through problem-solving.  She loves making connections with kids.

She enjoys art activities such as painting, woodworking, and knitting, attending live music events, and boating.  Mrs. Hoefs also spends time with her family and friends often.

Kim JazdzewskiKim Jazdzewski
Special Education Teacher

Hello, my name is Kim Jazdzewski, or Ms. J if you prefer.  This is my 4th year at Kaleidoscope Academy, and I am continuously impressed by the KA community!  The staff, students & families here are AMAZING! A few of my favorite things are smiles, coffee, puppies, soccer, Harry Potter, family, campfires, and chocolate- in no particular order!  A few of my least favorite things are spiders, bats, onions, mosquitos, and raisins.  The good stuff always outnumbers the bad! If you ever need my help or support for your student please reach out, my email is jazdzewskikimb@aasd.k12.wi.us 

Jacki Nider 
Special Education

Jackie Nider is a learning disabilities teacher who taught at North High School for 17 years.  Prior to that she has held positions in the Chicago area, an elementary school in rural Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has degrees from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In every aspect of the school day she strives to build on student strengths and encourages students to stay positive when tackling challenges.  

She has three adult children who graduated from Appleton East HS and enjoys visiting her Nebraska family several times a year.  When not involved in family events, she enjoys travel, reading, gardening, stress organizing/cleaning and public education advocacy.  Through the Kanonji Appleton Sister City Program, she has traveled to Japan twice as a chaperone and encourages any adventurous student with an interest in Japanese culture to join the Kanonji Appleton Partnership (KAP).  Another commitment is promoting mental health and erasing the stigma of mental illness. She participated in the Family to Family Program through the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of the Fox Valley and  wants to let everyone know, help is available and you are not alone.

Dawn Novickis


Mrs. ParkerKatie Parker

Katie Parker is an academic interventionist for  Kaleidoscope Academy. She first joined Kaleidoscope in 2012, as a special education teacher and taught prior to that in Neenah and Minnesota where Katie is originally from. Katie received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and her master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. 

Katie and her husband have two young boys at home to keep them busy. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially outdoors. They spend summers at their cottage relaxing and exploring nature. In her free time, Katie likes to exercise, travel, and check out new restaurants.

Mandy Remter
EBD Paraprofessional

Bio coming soon

Gretchen RichardsMrs. Richards

Mrs. Richards has been a special education teacher in the Appleton Area School District  for the past 18 years and at Roosevelt Middle School for the past 16 of those years. Mrs. Richards supports students who have specific learning needs at both Roosevelt Middle School and Kaleidoscope Academy.

She loves to help students overcome challenges and gets excited when her students get excited about what they are learning or achieve successes when they thought they could not. Another passion of Mrs. Richards is athletics. She coaches track and volleyball at Roosevelt and  has coached sports at all levels from collegiate, high school, and middle school and all the way down to kindergarten.

Mrs. Richards feels that students who are involved in athletics and are part of a sports teams learn a tremendous amount and learn how to push themselves, both physically and mentally, and also learn how to support their teammates to achieve a common goal.

Mrs. Richards grew up in Appleton and attended Roosevelt Middle School. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she met her husband, John. They live in Appleton and have two children who are very active in a variety of activities.

Their family enjoys many outdoor activities such biking, fishing, boating or hanging around their many campfires. They also enjoy playing cards, board games, reading and watching movies.

Heather ViethMrs. Vieth


Mrs. Vieth is excited to be joining Roosevelt Middle School/Kaleidoscope Academy as a special education teacher. She will be teaching and supporting students in 7th grade.

She enjoys watching students grow and helping them apply new strategies they have learned. This is her first year in the Appleton Area School District, but taught six years in Green Bay and three years at Waterwood School, in Winnebago Mental Health Institute. 

After taking a few years off to be at home with her children, she is excited to be back teaching. She attended UW- Oshkosh where she earned a degree in Human Services and then added on a special education teaching certificate. Mrs. Vieth is from Janesville, WI, but has resided in the Appleton area for the last 18 years.

When she is not at school she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. As a family they love spending time in the outdoors hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, and attending a variety of sporting events. She also enjoys playing board games and watching movies with her family. When she has free time she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time reading.

Jen VanDenEng

vandenengjenni@aasd.k12.wi.usMrs. VanDenEng

Mrs. VanDenEng is a speech language pathologist at Kaleidoscope.  She has been teaching in the Appleton Area School District for over 20 years.  She has worked at West, Einstein, Franklin, Johnston and is part of the district Assistive Technology team.  She transitioned to Kaleidoscope beginning in the fall 2019.  She received her bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and master’s degree from UW-StevensPoint.

Mrs. VanDenEng is originally from Greenville where she grew up on a produce farm/family orchard where she continues to help with the business.  Mrs. VanDenEng and her husband live in Freedom, have 3 adult children as well as numerous pets.  Mrs. VanDenEng enjoys spending time with family, gardening, exercising and traveling.

Mrs. VanDenEng believes that all people want to feel valued, important and know they matter.  Relationship building is key to building foundational concepts including feelings of safety; emotional, physical and social.  This is the groundwork needed to establish an environment of comfort and security which opens the doors for learning.

In addition to developing positive relationships with her students, she believes strong partnerships with colleagues and families are vitally important.  These partnerships promote communication, sharing of ideas and problem solving to form the best network of support for children.


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Bio to come.

Kari WhiteMs. White

Ms. White is a cross-categorical special education teacher at Roosevelt/Kaleidoscope Academy. She is an EBD teacher for both 7th and 8th grade. She began working in the Appleton Area School District in 2011.

Ms. White grew up on the other side of the state in the small town of Amery, Wisconsin but moved to Appleton in 1998. She received her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Business Technology teaching degree that she applied in the corporate world for 13 years. She then added Cross-Categorical Special Education to her teaching licenses in 2013. Ms. White feels blessed to have the daily opportunity to make a difference in her students’ lives.

When Ms. White is not at school she enjoys spending time with her two children and family, attending her children’s sporting events, traveling, skiing, crafts, reading and volunteering.

Adelle WilliamsAdelle Williams
Speech and Language


Adelle Williams, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist at Kaleidoscope. She is from Minnesota but completed her undergraduate and graduate work in Illinois. She enjoys getting to know students and having them be active participants in reaching their goals. When not at work, Adelle enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, trying new recipes, organizing, and watching movies with her husband.