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Alex Molitor

Ms. Molitor joined the Roosevelt/Kaleidoscope community back in 2011 as a 7th grade Humanities teacher. This was her first teaching job after graduating from UW Madison. From Kaleidoscope, Ms. Molitor has served in the Dean of Students and Associate Principal roles in the Appleton Area School District at both the elementary and high school levels. She is extremely excited to make it back to her first “home,” Kaleidoscope Academy, as principal.

Ms. Molitor not only upholds the vision and mission of Kaleidoscope Academy and its focus on student-centered, inquiry based learning, but she also has a passion for equity and creating an environment where all people can feel welcome and achieve at high levels. She serves on numerous diversity and equity committees and task forces across the district and within the Appleton community to advance these practices and build stronger connections and relationships with others.

When she’s not at school, Ms. Molitor loves spending time with her husband and young children. Together, they enjoy traveling around Wisconsin and spending time outdoors. Ms. Molitor also enjoys training and competing in triathlons and road races around the area, as well as doing yoga. Living only a block away from Kaleidoscope, Ms. Molitor and her family are extremely invested in the Erb Park neighborhood with Kaleidoscope Academy and Erb Park as the central focus.

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Ian Schaefer

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 four kids, Josiah, Samuel, Emma, and Benjamin. Since moving up to Appleton in 2015, the family has enjoyed the city and its many resources and family friendliness! Mr. Schaefer enjoys board games, singing, playing guitar/ukulele, 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 his 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. Regarding discipline, he has a firm belief that a consequence alone may not solve the issue. A plan of success comes out of every discipline situation in order to set the child up for positive change. Mr. Schaefer knows with the support from our staff, parents, and community these students will find success every year.