Ann Princl is our Director at VAIS. Ann has been an educator in the Verona Area School District since 1991. Within VASD, she has been a classroom teacher, a School Library Media Specialist, and the Mentor Program Coordinator. She is life long learner and educator.

Erin Poeschl is our Resource Teacher. Erin has been a classroom teacher for 14 years near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since moving to the Madison area in 2016, she's worked as a math and reading resource teacher for the VASD.

Sarah Greenlaw is our Special Education Teacher. She works with the classroom teachers to ensure children are receiving the services outlined in the IEP or 504 Plan.  She leads both Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Response to Intervention (RtI) at VAIS. UDL aims to design lessons and curriculum which addresses the learning needs of all students. RtI is a “multi-tier” approach to identify and support students with learning and behavior needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication, a master’s degree in Movement Analysis and a K- 21 teaching certification in Special Education. She has spent more than a decade in the Verona School District and has been recognized as a Channel 3 Top Notch Teacher. She brings non-traditional and alternative teaching methods into her practice. 

Lisa Froelich is our School Counselor.  She promotes academic, social/emotional, and career development in our children.

Lumei Huang, Mandarin Teacher
Lumei Huang, Mandarin Teacher

Lumei Huang is the Mandarin-language teacher for our kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms. Previously she taught Mandarin for VAIS' multi-age class as well. Ms. Huang holds a B.A. in law from Nanging University of Finance and Economics, where her minor was Chinese literature. She received her MA in teaching and curriculum from Michigan State University in 2013. Prior to receiving her formal teacher certification, she providedChinese-language tutoring and taught Chinese language and culture in various school settings for several years.

Kay Lera, English Teacher
Kay Lera, English Teacher

Kay Lera is our English teacher for kindergarten and Grade 1. The 2014-15 school year will be her fourth year teaching at VAIS. Previously, she served for 12 years as a classroom teacher in K-3 (all subjects), 5 years as a technology integration coach for educators teaching grades K-8 and one year as an elementary school librarian. Recently, she has participated in an on-line course about "Personal Learning". Ms. Lera is beginning her journey as an educator on transitioning from the pedagogy of differentiation to that of teaching using a more personalized learning approach and how to make it work with young learners in grades kindergarten and first. She looks forward to working with the VAIS learning community to make the Personalized Learning approach successful within our unique, learning environment.

Sarah Shaw, Global Arts & English Teacher
Sarah Shaw, Global Arts & English Teacher

Sarah Shaw has been with VAIS since it's second year. She is our global arts teacher and an English-language 4/5 teacher. As global arts teacher, she is a beloved part of the week for all VAIS kids, providing them with an array of art, music, and physical-education activities that draw upon cultures from around the world. Ms. Shaw received her BS in communication sciences and disorders from UW-Eau Claire in 2006 and earned her teaching license through Alverno College in Milwaukee in 2009. Prior to joining VAIS, she taught 4th- and 5th-grade math for two years in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. Ms. Shaw is a talented flautist and plays the flute in the Milwaukee American Legion band. She has been directing musicals with children in grades 2-8 for six years.