8th Grade

8th Grade Kaleidoscope Teams

Team Endeavor

Brittany Saugstad

Brittany SComing from the small town of Juneau, Wisconsin, Ms. Saugstad was thrilled to have a job opportunity in Appleton.  A city with stop and go lights and a school that incorporated technology with fine arts was not something she had grown up with.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English. Since the fall of 2012 she has had the challenge and pleasure of teaching U.S. History and English/Language Arts to talented and spontaneous 8th graders. Prior to Kaleidoscope, she spent her first year of teaching at Roosevelt Middle School.  Ms. Saugstad feels fortunate to have some very compassionate and dedicated co-workers who challenge her to change my thinking and do her best in the classroom every day.

Outside of the classroom, Ms. Saugstad likes to visit family and attend concerts with her younger brother.  She comes from a family of teachers, including her father, grandfather, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. They joke that teaching must be “in the blood.” Aside from family time, she loves to teach herself new quilting techniques on her brand new sewing machine. New quilts show up in her classroom every now and then. Sewing, gardening, cooking, and baking are additional hobbies that keep Ms. Saugstad on her toes.

Amanda Shadick

AmandaSMrs. Shadick like many of our excellent staff members is really excited to be teaching here at Kaleidoscope Academy!  Since the fall of 2012, she has been instructing math and science at the 8th grade level.  She believes the best part of her job is that she is able to grow and learn with the students that she works with each and every day.  Assisting them in developing both 21st Century and life skills for what they are about to encounter in their near future and beyond is such an honor.

Mrs. Shadick was born and raised here in Appleton, Wisconsin and is happy to be back after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics.  In her spare time she likes to cook/bake, relax with family and friends, and do all sorts of crafts around the house.  She also enjoys spending quality time with her husband, son Leon, and their silver lab Nakoma.

Team Progress

Amanda Kranzusch


Amanda (2)Mrs. Kranzusch is a 8th grade Kaleidoscope teacher who primarily teaches English Language Arts and World Geography, but is currently also teaching Accelerated 7th grade Math.  Mrs. Kranzusch has taught in the Appleton Area School District since 2004 and been with Kaleidoscope Academy since 2009.  She has grown up in the Fox Cities and graduated from Menasha High School before receiving her undergraduate education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. There she received a degree in Elementary Education (1-8) and a minor in ESL (English as a Second Language.) Teaching at Kaleidoscope offers her the ability to create a caring and collaborative environment for her students as well as allowing them to take risks and try new things.

Mrs. Kranzusch has been married to her husband since 2004 and had a son, Owen, in 2012. In her spare time, she likes to take photographs, scrapbook, sew, read, and spend time with family and friends. She has also been lucky enough to travel in and outside the United States. Someday she would like to possibly teach or live abroad.

 Gina Wordell

IMG_1334Born and raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, Mrs. Wordell has always had a love for Wisconsin and its sports teams; she is an avid Packers’ fan and was able to be close to her Packers by attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on a full scholarship for Nordic Skiing.  While at UW-Green Bay, she persuaded a degree in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Wordell’s first teaching job was in Brillion, WI, where she spent the next three years and obtained her license in special education, with an emphasis in Emotional Behavioral Disability.  She enjoyed being a special education teacher, but knew her passion was more in math and science!  Mrs. Wordell loves being at Kaleidoscope Academy.  She feels blessed with the opportunities she has been given, appreciates all the staff that support her, the students who keep her on her toes, and the great technology the school has to offer!

In addition to teaching, Mrs. Wordell loves the outdoors.  She is a great fisher-woman! She still enjoys Nordic skiing in addition to camping, hiking, biking and competing in triathlons.  Not only does Mrs. Wordell enjoy being a competitor in sports, she also enjoys coaching youth sports.

Team Infinity

Toni Giebel


Mrs. Giebel is an eighth grade math and science teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy. She grew up in Stevens Point, WI and attended UW-Stevens Point where she earned an Elementary Education degree. After college, Mrs. Giebel taught elementary school for four years before deciding that middle school was where she wanted to be! Mrs. Giebel moved to Appleton in 2010, where she began teaching at Roosevelt. She was excited to make the switch to Kaleidoscope Academy and enjoys coming to school each day. She is happy to say that she found her dream job teaching 8th grade math and science!

Aside from teaching, Mrs. Giebel loves spending time with her husband and 2 sons. She also enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, teaching any kind of dance, and doing any outdoor activities like hiking or riding her bike!

Amy Lahvic

Mrs. Lahvic is the 8th grade Kaleidoscope Academy teacher who teaches U.S. History and English/Language Arts.  She has been with the Appleton Area School District since 2012.  Mrs. Lahvic was born in Dover, Delaware and moved to Appleton at age 11 where she attended Roosevelt Middle School.  She later met her husband and married him in 2005.  She has 2 wonderful children!

Mrs. Lahvic graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in History and her Master’s degree in Technology Education from Marion University.  In her spare time she likes to spend quality time with her husband and 2 boys.  She also enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors.    She is excited to be a part of a committed and dedicated staff at Kaleidoscope Academy.

Team Beyond

VazquezChristine Vazquez
Mrs. Vazquez teaches English Language Arts and History for 8th grade Kaleidoscope students. She has been teaching in the Appleton Area School District since 2008. Mrs. Vazquez was born and raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She spent two years at the UW Milwaukee before transferring to UW Oshkosh, where she earned her degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Social Studies. Mrs. Vazquez married her husband in 2009 and has two lovely boys. Outside of the classroom, she likes to visit family, including her three nieces and one nephew. Aside from family time, Mrs. Vazquez loves to sew, garden, cook, and bake.

SwansonAbigail Jolma

Ms. Swanson is an eighth grade math and science teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy.  She grew up in Rockford, Ill and graduated in December of 2014 from UW-Platteville with a degree in Middle Level Education.  When not in school, Ms. Swanson loves to spend her time outdoors.  She also loves to visit her family and enjoys reading and baking.  She is excited to be a part of the amazingly dedicated Kaleidoscope staff!