7th Grade

7th Grade Kaleidoscope Teams

Team Discover

Craig Morois (Bio coming soon!)


website-picPoYee Xiong

Mrs. Xiong received her bachelor’s degree from DeVry University, Milwaukee, and then in 2013, completed her Master in Education from Alverno College. This is her 2nd year at Kaleidoscope Academy and her 6th year teaching. Mrs. Xiong has a passion for serving middle school students and instilling in them, 21st century skills that will take them to and through college and beyond. Before answering to the calling to become an educator, Mrs. Xiong worked in the business/finance field for several years. It is her background in the real-world work-force, that influences her to create applicable, critical-thinking , and purposeful learning for her students. 

In her spare time, she favors going to the movies with her husband and their 2 kids. She also loves traveling with her husband and friends, and most recently made a second trip to Hawaii. Mrs. Xiong’s life philosophy is, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart, and whatever you do, do good”.

Team Illuminate

Denise  Mcquillen


Ms. McQuillen is THRILLED to be a part of the Kaleidoscope Academy staff. She has been with AASD since 2001, and began teaching 7th grade English Language Arts and Geography at KA in 2010. Prior to this chosen assignment, she was a library, media and technology specialist for the district, serving three years here at Roosevelt, including taking part in the planning of KA.

She has lived in the Appleton area since 1997, moving here from Kenosha County where she worked as both a part-time firefighter and full-time paramedic while raising her two daughters, who are now adults. She also has four exciting grandchildren (2 boys/2 girls) that were added to the mix and keep her busy.

When she is not enjoying her career here, she loves to travel, play golf, read, work out, and go to the cinema. During the 2013 summer, she had the opportunity to spend a month in Africa where she visited several schools in Burundi, as well as students and families in their homes. She then headed to Tanzania for some leisure tourism including an unbelievable safari and a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. She looks forward to sharing those and other personal travel experiences to the eastern hemisphere with her students.

IMG_1387Travis Olsen

Mr. Olsen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he received his degree in Elementary Education (1-8). He began his career teaching summer school Math at Edison Elementary in Appleton for 3 summers. Mr. Olsen is teaching 7th grade Math and Science at Kaleidoscope Academy as part of Team Illuminate.

In his free time, Mr. Olsen enjoys reading, exercising, spending time with family and friends, and playing, coaching, and watching sports. Mr. Olsen has coached middle school basketball for multiple years where he is able to positively influence and motivate students and student athletes alike.

Team Alliance

MolitorAlex Molitor

Ms. Molitor is a 7th grade English/Language Arts and Geography teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy.  She has taught at Kaleidoscope since 2011, and this was her first teaching job.  Before teaching at Kaleidoscope, Ms. Molitor attended UW Madison, where she earned her teaching degree as well as a minor in French.  She is an Appleton native; attending Jefferson, Wilson and West High School.  She also coaches cross country and track.

Her passions in teaching and coaching match her personal passions.  She loves to travel, and has been out of the country many times, including a study abroad experience in France.  She enjoys running, and participates in many road races, as well as triathlons.  Ms. Molitor also loves to spend time throughout the year at her family’s cottage in Waupaca, whether it be out on the boat in the summer or cross country skiing in the winter.

MikeScMike Schroeder

Mr. Schroeder is a 7th grade Math and Science teacher at Kaleidscope.  2014 will be Mr. Schroeder’s first year in the Appleton Area School District, but has 5 years of experience teaching 5th grade students in Orlando, Florida.  The weather is beautiful in Florida, but it has been a dream of Mr. Schroeder’s to have his own classroom in Wisconsin.  Mr. Schroeder attended UW-Whitewater, where he double majored in elementary/middle education and geography.  He is a Fox Cities native, growing up in the shadow of Lambeau Field in Ashwaubenon.

In his free time, Mr. Schroeder loved going to the Florida Amusement Parks, training for half-marathons, golfing on prestige courses and going to the beaches.  With the new move to Wisconsin, he is already enjoying being closer to family.  He has enjoyed golfing and exercising in the cooler temperatures.  He mostly enjoys going to the family cabin in Door County with his wife Aubrey and Gia, their Shih Tzu.  Mr. Schroeder is very excited about the year ahead and is enthusiastic about working with a committed staff.

Team Resilience

mccormickNicole McCormick 


Mrs McCormick is overjoyed to be teaching at Kaleidoscope Academy…again! She is passionate about meeting the needs of all students, building a safe and positive classroom community as well as assisting students in growing their knowledge, mindset, and skills to allow them to be successful in life.
Mrs. McCormick was born and raised in Appleton. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education (Grades 1-8) from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and her Master’s degree in Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Learners from Marian University. Mrs. McCormick has worked at the middle level with students with special needs and spent the last five years as a 4th grade teacher in AASD. She spends most of her free time with her husband, Mike, son, Patrick and two labs, Molly and Emma. Mrs. McCormick loves to be outdoors, read and learn and experience new things.

Michelle Sokel

sokelBio and picture to come.