This section of our website is designed to assist students and families with locating resources regarding careers and postsecondary options, as well as academic, social, and emotional support.
Meet Your Counselors!
Amanda Wallace (WIVA students A–Ja)
Amanda Wallace comes to WIVA after four years as a high school counselor in the brick-and-mortar setting. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in counselor education at UW-Whitewater. Through her work and counselor training, she has developed a professional passion in the areas of multicultural awareness and career development. Mrs. Wallace lives in the Madison area with her husband, their two young children and two hound dogs. She loves camping, yoga, coffee, hosting parties and cookouts, watching baseball, volunteering in her community, and spending time with family.
Tanya Steger (WIVA students Jb–Ma)
Tanya Steger came to WIVA at the beginning of the 2013–2014 school year. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Cardinal Stritch University and her master's degree in educational psychology from UW-Milwaukee in 2001. Before she became a school counselor, Tanya was a member of the intake staff in the behavioral medicine department at hospitals in the Milwaukee area and served as a residential counselor in the eating disorder unit at Rogers Memorial Hospital. She currently resides in central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and chocolate lab, Slider. She loves hanging out with her boys, spending quality time with friends, traveling the world, gardening, researching all aspects of wellness, doing puzzles, and playing board games.
Sarah Campbell (WIVA students Mb–Z)
Sarah Campbell is a Wisconsin native and die-hard Packers fan! She enjoys playing with her Pomeranian, Dora, and spending time with her husband, Kris. She's also an avid book reader who loves talking about books. Sarah's current obsession is "rock-hounding", and she spent this past summer exploring the amazing agates and stones found throughout Wisconsin. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin La Crosse and her master's degree in counselor education from Winona State University.
Before joining the WIVA team, Sarah worked in a brick-and-mortar setting for two years.
Sarah is happy to be a part of WIVA and looks forward to building relationships with and getting to know the students, parents, and staff. Sarah also serves as the AP Coordinator for WIVA, ISWI and Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin.
Karen Sommerfeldt (ISWI students)
Karen Sommerfeldt has been a school counselor for six years. She worked in the Alden-Hebron School District in Illinois for four years, then substituted at McFarland High School before coming to Wisconsin Virtual Academy. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from DePaul University and her master's degree in school counseling from Roosevelt University. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Karen worked as an assistant high school college counselor. Karen is excited to be working with high school students and their families.
To contact a WIVA counselor, visit the Contact Your School Counselor page.
To visit the counseling page for Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, click here.
The mission of the school counseling department at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) is to establish relationships with all students by offering support in their academic, career, and personal/social development. Through key partnerships, our counselors ensure that all students receive an individualized plan that maximizes students' strengths and is tailored towards their postsecondary aspirations.