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.

Mark JehnMr. Jehn

Mr. Jehn is currently an EBD paraprofessional. This is his 2nd year in the district. Last year Mr. Jehn worked in the Higher Ground program and also at Einstein in the Autism program.

He has coached football, basketball & track at Madison and Einstein Schools in Appleton. Prior to working in the district, Mr. Jehn sold corporate insurance for 23 years.

Mr. Jehn attended Wausau West High School as well as Western Illinois University where he played football and baseball and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. He played some pre-season games with the LA Raiders and the New York Jets after signing contracts with them from 1983 to 1985.

He is married to his wife Susie, who also works in the district. They have 2 daughters, Natalie and Shannon, who graduated from West and UW Eau Claire. Natalie is teaching 4th grade and Shannon is a Speech Pathologist and they are both living in Austin, TX.

Mr. Jehn enjoys spending time with family. He loves to hunt and fish and also enjoys sports, coaching and traveling.

Ms. KleinschmidtKristy Kleinschmidt

Kristy Kleinschmidt is a special education teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy.

Prior to joining the Kaleidoscope team, Ms. Kleinschmidt taught for 9 years in the Neenah Joint School District and 2 years at a residential treatment facility in central Wisconsin.  

She earned her undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College, and her Master’s degree from UW-Stevens Point.  

Ms. Kleinschmidt enjoys working with students to give them the skills and resources to ensure their independence and success in our ever changing society.

Laura MickMrs. Mick

Laura Mick is a speech-language pathologist here at Kaleidoscope Academy. Mrs. Mick joined the Kaleidoscope staff in September of 2017.

She also works with students at Einstein Middle School. Mrs. Mick grew up in Rockford, IL and lived there until attending the University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She later moved to Kansas City, MO where she earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2005, from Rockhurst University.

Mrs. Mick was employed with Turner School District in Kansas City, KS for the first 3 years after graduation. In 2008, she moved to Chicago, IL where she worked with the Chicago Public School District for 4 years.

In 2012, Mrs. Mick moved to Appleton, WI. She worked with the Hortonville Area School District for the first 5 years of living in Wisconsin. She decided that it would be nice to work a little closer to home so she began employment with the Appleton Area School District in 2017. Mrs. Mick and her husband have 2 children. Mrs. Mick enjoys traveling, running, boating and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.

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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.

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.

Shawna MeiselMrs. Meisel

Mrs. Meisel has been with the Appleton Area School District for 14 years as a K-12 Educational Sign Language Interpreter. This is Mrs. Meisel’s 6th year working at Kaleidoscope Academy but has worked with many Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in many schools over the years.

She obtained her interpreting and psychology degree from Northcentral Technical College and currently has one more class to take before graduating from her counseling degree program.

In her spare time Mrs. Meisel loves to sing as a worship leader in church, be outside in nature, travel, and simply be with her family. She resides in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her husband David and 12 year old son Lorenzo.

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.

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.

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