High School Social Studies
Brandon Heidt, High School Social Studies Teacher
Brandon Heidt joined WIVA during the 2019-20SY. He graduated from UW-Madison with degrees in History and Economics. Additionally, he earned his teaching certification in Economics, History, and Broad-field Social Studies from UW-Whitewater. Between both stints in college, Brandon spent time as a tour guide at the Capitol building in Madison. There he showed school groups around the building, filling them in on the history and daily goings on that occurred within the building. Brandon most recently worked at a boarding school up north that catered to international students. Students at the school came from many different countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Russia, Albania, Egypt, Turkey, among several others. This will be Brandon’s first year in the online school setting and he is looking forward to the exciting new challenges this experience will bring.
Lea Kowalewski, High School Social Studies
Lea graduated from UW-Whitewater with a BSE in History Education. She is certified in political science and broad field social studies as well as history. Lea spent time after graduation working as an Autism Therapist and substitute teaching in several districts in South Eastern Wisconsin. 2015–16 will be her first year teaching, and she is excited to begin her education career with WIVA.
Colleen Loveless, High School Social Studies Teacher
Colleen Loveless joined WIVA in the 2019-20SY. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside with a degree in History in 2008. While there, she earned a Recognition of Excellence on the Praxis II Broad Field Social Studies exam. She has resided in Trevor, WI for twenty years with her husband, two children, three cats and two dogs. After several years of serving as a substitute teacher and educational assistant in several Southeastern Wisconsin schools and working with students from 4K-12, she completed a licensure program to become certified to teach secondary English, History and Cross-Categorical Special Education. In June 2019, Colleen returned to school at the University of Wisconsin – Stout to work toward a Reading Teacher certificate and a Master of Science in Education degree. Last year she worked as a learning strategist in a brick and mortar school. This is her first year teaching English and her first year teaching in a virtual setting. Colleen is most excited to share her love of reading with students and support them in their individual journeys!
Brandon Radford, High School Social Studies Teacher
Bio coming soon!
Stuart Vandervort, High School Social Studies Teacher
Bio coming soon!
Matt Watson, High School Social Studies Teacher
Matt Watson spent the past two years prior to WIVA teaching U. S. History and Current Events Writing at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy. Prior to this he had experience teaching at South Milwaukee High School, substitute teaching working with the Special Education Department at Waukesha Central Middle School and coaching JV Tennis at Waukesha South High School.
He is a graduate of Marquette University, completing his post-baccalaureate teaching degree in secondary social studies in June, 2010 and completing his student teaching at Wauwatosa East High School in the Spring of 2009. Matt graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science and History in 1991 and received his master's degree in International Relations from Northern Illinois University in 1994. Matt is certified in Broad Field Social Studies, History and Political Science. Matt Watson received the ETS Recognition of Excellence on the Praxis II Exam.