Grade 2-5 Teachers
Robin Bradford, Elementary Teacher (History and Science)
Robin Bradford earned her Bachelor’s Degree from NIU and her Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Capella. Robin has teaching experience in grades KG, 1, 2 and 5 in Virginia and Wisconsin, most recently she taught 2nd grade at Leopold Elementary in Madison. Robin is married with a daughter; she enjoys time with family, reading, movies, sewing and bowling. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Robin is looking forward to engaging WIVA students and being a life-long learner that is honing her skills to become an even better educator.
Jaime Burskey, Elementary Teacher (Math and Science)
Jaime Burskey earned both her elementary and alternative learning teaching certifications through Marian University, and her bachelor's degree from UW-Green Bay. She is also studying toward her master's degree in education. Before joining WIVA in the 2011–2012 school year, she had a variety of education experiences, including being a private tutor, substitute teacher, and third-grade teacher. Jaime is an advocate for the many benefits and flexibility of virtual education, and is excited to partner with her students and families to make education meaningful and fun in her virtual classroom.
Linda Churchwell, Elementary Teacher (ELA and History)
Linda Churchwell is thrilled to be the new WIVA English Language Arts and History Teacher. She began her career as a sixth grade teacher shortly after graduating from UW-Parkside with a double major in Elementary/Middle School Education and Dramatic Arts. Over the next several years, many opportunities for growth and change--both professionally and personally--presented themselves and were wholeheartedly embraced. One journey took Linda to North Carolina where she earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading. When Linda returned home to Wisconsin, she spent the next 13 years as the third-sixth grade Reading Teacher with the Waterford Graded School District. Most recently, she taught seventh and eighth grade Drama for the Greenfield School District. Linda’s enthusiasm for the WIVA family continues to grow; her new Virtual Reality with students is a future to which she is very much looking forward.
Amanda Kimpel, Elementary Teacher (ELA and Social Studies)
Amanda Kimpel obtained her bachelor's degree in elementary and middle education with a minor in social studies from Marian University. Her previous teaching experience includes working as a substitute teacher in all grade levels. Amanda also has over 10 years' experience working with people with special needs, including being a Special Olympics coach. She is excited to help students work towards success and also make learning fun.
Kassandra Locken, Elementary Teacher (Math and Science)
Kassandra Locken is the new 5th grade Math and Science teacher for WIVA. As a recent graduate from UW Superior, with a degree in Elementary Education and minor in Early Childhood Education, she is passionate and eager to build an inclusive classroom of learners within our virtual setting. Ms. Locken believes that excellent teaching directly correlates to the success of students and is so excited to join the WIVA family, where our students are encouraged and supported to develop not only cognitively, but socially and emotionally as well.
Ashley Mallo, Elementary Teacher (ELA)
Ashley Mallo went to Northern Illinois University for a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and to Olivet Nazarene University for a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. She previously taught for four years in the Mukwonago school district (grades 1,2, 3 and 5). Ms. Mallo joined the WIVA teaching team in 2015 and is very excited to be here.
Stephen Zerebny, Grades K–5 Math Intervention Teacher
Teacher bio coming soon!