Mr. Ihde has been teaching music in the Appleton schools since 2002 and has been at Kaleidoscope Academy since 2007. Eric received his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Saint Olaf College in Minnesota and his Master of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
Eric comes to work each day excited to be able to work with all of his students. He enjoys challenging students to work hard on something so that they can look back and truly appreciate their efforts. Band is fun but it should also be a challenge. The fun comes from succeeding at the challenge.
Outside of school Eric is a busy guy. He is married and has three children. His family enjoys playing games, watching movies, going biking and just about anything musical.
Mr. Ihde stays involved musically outside of school as well. He directs the adult choir and handbell choir at his church, Saint Paul Lutheran. He also plays Euphonium in the Appleton City Band in the summer and is a proud member Vento Winds. As you can see by his example music is much more than a class in school. It’s something you can enjoy for your entire life!
Art, Choir, Dance, and Theatre
Kristine Glenn – Theatre
After graduating from Lawrence University in 1996 with a BA in Theatre, Kristine worked at Lawrence University’s Office of Admissions as Operations Coordinator, eventually pursuing teaching certification. She then taught high school English and drama for two years at both Hortonville High School and Saudi Arabian International School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She and her husband followed that with a move to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she taught middle school English and drama for one year, coming home early in June 2005 to give birth to her first son and to reconnect with family. She now has two beautiful boys and a permanent home in Appleton.
Being a stay-at-home mom was her primary job for 11 years, but life was not without activities. She taught ELA summer school for two years; served on Attic’s Board of Directors for three years, chairing the Education Committee; and consulted for Norwex, a natural cleaning organization. In 2016, she jumped back into the classroom, teaching 8th grade Logic at Classical School. Why not? Kristine also teaches piano and voice lessons both at home and at the Appleton Music Academy. In her free time, she enjoys singing, theatre, gardening, cross-stitching, playing with her cats and children, yoga, and reading…to name a few. She is honored to be a part of such a dedicated, hard-working community that strives for the highest level of excellence!
Riley Johnson (Art)
Mr. Johnson is in his sixteenth year teaching Art but this is his first in the Appleton Area School District where he splits his day between West HS and Kaleidoscope. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2002 and taught at a private school and then a small rural school before moving to Appleton. He is passionate about quite a few things; most notably: his family, making art, teaching, listening to bands you’ve never heard of, traveling, camping, playing games, snowboarding, doing his part to build the art scene in Appleton, binge watching shows online, discussing Myers Briggs Personality Profiles, wilderness survival, dressing well, and modern architecture/design. He does not like celery or honey badgers. He is married to a talented Art Director named Jackie and has a son named Judah.
Annette Koepke (Art & Theater)
Henry Thoreau once wrote, “The world is but a canvas to our imagination”. As the Art/Theater teacher here at Kaleidoscope Academy, Mrs. Koepke gets the opportunity every day to do what she loves; create, learn and inspire. Every day she has had the opportunity to see her students grow in their creative process to create some beautiful works of art and wonderful performances. She enjoys seeing how students take the projects that are presented and interpret them into something uniquely theirs. Art can look, feel and mean something different to every person.
Mrs. Koepke received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Oshkosh in 2012. UW-Oshkosh provided her with an expansive skill set in a variety of artistic mediums. She spends a lot of her free time exploring her favorite mediums. She gets asked all the time what her favorite medium is and the truth is, she just can’t decide. She states, “I love them all!” Along with creating and expanding her own art skills, she enjoys spending time with her husband Adam (who is also an artist), watching “cheesy” horror movies, being outdoors, grilling and spending time with family and friends.
Sara Route (Bio coming soon) – Choir
Claire Williamson (Dance)
Ms. Williamson has been teaching at Kaleidoscope Academy since its inception. Now-a-days she teaches sixth grade dance, eighth grade dance and eighth grade theatre at KA. She is also the Director of Dance at Renaissance School for the Arts and choreographs for musicals at North or West High Schools. Her education degree and Masters are from Southern Methodist University in the fine state of Texas. When Ms. Williamson isn’t working she is practicing Qigong, riding horses or walking her dog.
Greg Austin was born in Oak Park, Illinois, went to high school in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and attended college at both UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Instrumental Education. His main instrument is the violin, which he has played since he was nine years old. Mr. Austin performs with the Green Bay Symphony and conducts the Concert Orchestra with the Fox Valley Youth Orchestras in addition to his teaching and conducting duties with the Appleton Area School District. Mr. Austin’s goal in teaching kids is to help them develop a lifelong skill and love for the Arts. In addition, he strives to help children find and feed their creativity, their inner beauty and musical “voice”, and develop individual and team perseverance towards the greater goal of expressing what can’t be put into words.