Ann Princl is our Director at VAIS. Ann is honored to serve her second year as the Director of VAIS. Her top priorities are to provide an environment where all students learn, and where everyone - staff, students, and parents- feels welcome and respected. Ann has received her B.S. degree in Rehabilitation Psychology, her B.S. in Education, her M.A. in Library and Information Studies, and her Administrative Certification through WiscAd and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Ann has served in the VASD for the past 20 years as a first, second, and third grade teacher, a school library media specialist, and a district-wide mentor program coordinator. She is passionate about education and is excited to lead Verona’s Chinese Immersion School.
Lumei Huang is our Mandarin-language teacher for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms. She has taught at VAIS for five years. She is from China and 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 provided Chinese-language tutoring and taught Chinese language and culture in various school settings for several years. Through her education and experiences in school settings, she realized her true passion is working with kids and helping them reach their full potential.
Kay Lera is our English-language teacher for Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms. She has taught at VAIS for seven years and has a masters degree in Education. 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. Kay enjoys working with the VAIS learning community to make the Personalized Learning approach successful within our unique, learning environment. Ms. Lera believes that her classroom environment and its activities need to be safe, inviting, creative, thought provoking and structured. She looks forward to teaming with her students and their parents as they explore their hearts, their minds and the world!
Yumeng Wang is our Mandarin-language teacher for 2nd and 3rd Grade classrooms. She has taught at VAIS for two years and has her Master's degree in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and obtained her Bachelor's from Jiangnan University in China. Before joining VAIS, she tutored Chinese ESL students in Michigan elementary schools and was a teaching assistant for first grade Chinese learners at the University of Michigan. Her experiences working closely with teachers and students in China and the U.S. offers her a better understanding of how to inspire students to explore and share different cultures with each other. Yumeng believes our learners have their strengths and our teachers are there guiding them to find their way to success.
Nicole Nelson is our English-language teacher for 2nd and 3rd Grade classrooms. This is her first year at VAIS. She has her bachelors degree from the UW-Madison in 2010 in Sociology. Nicole began her journey to teaching in 2013 when she worked in Madison at Huegel Elementary school as a Special Education Assistant. It was there that she realized her true passion and goal was to empower learners and support them during their academic career. Nicole completed a teaching certification program through Cardinal Stritch University in January 2016. She spent the 2015-16 school year student teaching and as a long-term sub in Verona at Glacier Edge Elementary in both 2nd and 3rd grade. In 2016-17, she worked as a 3rd grade teacher at Cottage Grove elementary school. She could not be more thrilled to be a part of such an amazing and unique program like VAIS. Her core beliefs as an educator center on creating an environment of care and community, student-centered learning and helping each learner find their greatness and the greatness of others.
Yingying Reiter is our Mandarin-language teacher for 4th and 5th Grade classrooms. This is her first year at VAIS. She has her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the UW-Madison.
Sarah Shaw is our English-language teacher for 4th and 5th Grade classrooms as well as our Global Arts teacher. She has been with VAIS since its second year. 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.
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. The 2017-18 school year is her third year at VAIS and her 13th year in VASD. Prior to VAIS, Sarah was at the high school for ten years, first working in the Functional Vocational program (both 9th-12th grade and the 18-21 year old program) and then working with the 9th grade English team. While teaching in the Functional Vocational program, she was awarded Top Notch Teacher by Channel 3000 for her work in developing a movement program for students with cognitive disabilities. While at the high school, she was one of four Personalized Learning coaches and received two grants, which enabled her to go further and do more while working with students with disabilities. Sarah brings creativity, problem-solving skills, thinking outside of the box and being able to work with a diverse set of people to her teaching.
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. This is her first year at VAIS.
Katie Alling is our Teacher Librarian. The VAIS/Stoner Prairie Library is full of resources to help children find materials they need to complete their school work, personal enjoyment and to pursue their personal interests. Besides the thousands of high quality books for check out, there are also a number of outstanding databases for children to use. All of our databases are compatible with iPads and most will read the text to the children. Our library has a makerspace called our Innovation Lab. It is an ideal spot to try new things, make mistakes, be creative and experience new opportunities with materials that may not be available in the classroom. She is privileged to work with so many readers within VASD.
Zhaomin Wang and Luna Xue are our Hanban teachers whom assist children with Chinese-language learning in all VAIS classrooms. As a recipient of the Hanban Grant, VAIS is part of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program. This program provides an experienced language teacher from China to fill full-time Chinese language instruction positions in a host school or district for a period of one to three years. The guest teachers have at least two years of teaching experience and go through a rigorous selection and training process before arriving at the host schools. VAIS is trilled to have Zhaomin and Luna as part of VAIS this year.
Lisa Froelich is our School Counselor. She promotes academic, social/emotional, and career development in our children.
Gail Anderson is our School Psychologist.
Rebecca DuCharme is our School Nurse.