Al Brant Ph.D.
Al Brant has been an administrator in the AASD at Roosevelt for the past 17 years and was one of the founders for Kaleidoscope Academy. His entire career has been spent as a teacher or administrator at the middle school level. Dr. Brant arrives early every day and views his “job” as a calling and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Under his leadership, schools from around the state come to see how various aspects of Kaleidoscope operates in hopes of being able to recreate those in their schools. Dr. Brant believes the core subjects are important, but are only one component of a well-rounded education. The arts, the development of 21st century skills (employability skills), and the seamless use of technology are vital in the development of our youth to be prepared for a digital global society. In 2011 Dr. Brant was named the Charter School Innovator of the year for the state of Wisconsin.
Currently, Dr. Brant supports all of the Appleton Area School District’s Charter Schools as the AASD Charter School Liaison. Some of the areas that he works on with the AASD charter schools include; charters school governance boards, creating sustainability plans, recruitment, charter contract renewals, and grant opportunities.
Dr. Brant is married Marsha and has three grown children, Katie, Nick, and Alex. He enjoys his time spent with his family as well as time in the woods hunting and hiking, on the water fishing, traveling, and is an avid gardener. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Ian Schaefer – Associate Principal
Mr. Schaefer is excited to join Roosevelt Middle School and Kaleidoscope Academy as the new Associate Principal. The staff has already given him a warm welcome and made the transition so far quite smooth.
Mr. Schaefer grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran College for Bachelor’s degree and Concordia Lutheran College for his Master’s degree. Teaching in Waukesha gave Mr. Schaefer some great perspective on classroom management and the importance of making learning meaningful.
Mr. Schaefer has a great family including his wife, April, and three kids, Josiah (6), Samuel (4), and Emma (2). They are excited about moving up to Appleton. Mr. Schaefer is excited to learn more about Appleton and has already been exploring the area and cannot wait for the fall and winter events as well as enjoying the farmer’s market. He enjoys board games, singing, playing guitar, swimming, disc golf, and most of all any time with his family!
A large part of his philosophy in education is building the community and serving the students’ needs. Mr. Schaefer expects a lot out of my staff as well as the parents of our students. He would love to see parents as involved as you can at home and on school visits. Your involvement makes a huge difference in showing students that you care and what they are doing is meaningful. Mr. Schaefer knows with the support from our staff, parents, and community these students will find success this year.