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 (Bio coming soon!)
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) – Theatre
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.