K–8 Special Education Teachers
Kathryn Delano, Special Education Teacher (Grades 6–8)
Kathryn DeLano is excited to teach at WIVA. She taught for 5 years at a traditional school; before that, she worked as a program aide at an alternative school as well as serving as an online tutor. In her free time, Kathryn loves to read and visit national parks. An odd fact about her is that she is allergic to mint--so gets to use all the children's flavors when she visits the dentist!
Rochelle Halstead, Special Education Teacher (Grades 3–4)
Rochelle Halstead joined WIVA in the 2015 as a special education teacher for the middle school. Rochelle grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She attended college in Milwaukee where she received her bachelor's degree in secondary English education, broad field language arts and a minor in English. After teaching in those areas for a few years, Rochelle became certified as a cross categorical special education teacher and taught for a few more years in traditional schools to students of a variety of ages and abilities. Rochelle is thrilled to be working with the students, families and staff members of WIVA and looks forward to a fantastic school year.
Some personal things Rochelle... She loves to read fiction, hike, make lasagna, ride my bike, make kombucha, do yoga, walk her dog around the city and spend time with her friends and family. She also loves watching tv! Rochelle has been married for 5 years to her husband Justin, and they have a little boy named Wesley. They also have furry friends, their dog Cody and cat Asia, both of whom have it pretty good! (Until Wesley starts crawling...) She live in West Allis.
Brooke Iorio, Special Education Teacher (Grades K–2)
Brooke Iorio graduated with a dual license in Early Childhood Education & (EC) Special Education from Concordia University Wisconsin in January 2018 and worked as a Special Education teacher for just over a year in Racine Unified School District. Her favorite things to do include being in nature, cooking, spending time with family, and crafting. The virtual learning environment made a positive impact throughout Brooke’s education and she is SO excited to be a part of WIVA to meet student's individual needs and set them up for success in all areas of their development!
Kim Klann, Special Education Teacher (Grades 4–5)
Kim Klann is excited to join WIVA as a Special Education teacher! Kim grew up in Madison and is a proud alum of Verona High School and UW-Eau Claire. She started out her teaching career working as a Learning Disabilities teacher in Janesville, WI at Lincoln Elementary for 5 years. After moving to Madison with her husband, Kim began working for the Madison School District and spent 6 years as a Cross Categorical Teacher at Lake View Elementary. She has worked with students across grades K-5 in a general education setting both as assisting and co-teaching with a classroom teacher as well as small pull-out groups. Kim currently lives on the far west side with her husband and two children. They enjoy time exploring parks, the zoo, beaches, going bowling, going for walks and finding all of the Bucky statues around town! Kim feels she has been very fortunate to spend the past two years home with my kids, but am very much looking forward to getting back into teaching!
Saundra Lynn, Special Education Teacher (Grades 6–8)
Ms. Lynn-Swanson is a graduate of University of Illinois-Urbana, BS Secondary Education and also University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS and MS in Special Education. With more than 20 years of experience in education, she taught students in every grade level with a wide spectrum of learning needs. In Madison, she taught middle and high school students at East High School, Dane County Juvenile Shelter Program, and Spring Harbor Middle School. Ms. Lynn-Swanson facilitated the K–6 gifted and talented programs at Belleville including Math Teams and Destination Imagination Teams. She has used online programming with my students and have also taken online classes. I am looking forward to helping all students be successful in their online education endeavors.
Jessica Meike, Special Education Teacher (Grades 6–8)
Jessica Meike received a Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL in 1998, and Bachelor of Arts (English) from University of Iowa in 1997. She has worked for over 19 years as a special education teacher. She began her career in Illinois where she worked in K-1st and middle school classrooms for special needs students for 7 years.
After moving to Wisconsin, Mrs. Meike taught for 13 years at Lakeland School of Walworth County. She began her career at Lakeland teaching in the high school. Her reading specialty was eventually needed in the elementary department where she remained until accepting this job with WIVA. Jessica has taught students with a variety of disabilities across K-12 grade levels. She shares that it has been her pleasure to teach all content areas over the years. She does love to teach reading, but has a soft spot for science and social studies as well.
She looks forward to working with her new students, parents, learning coaches and teachers. She is excited to learn your vision for your student and looks forward to conversing with you about the learning requirements of the child and developing the child’s long term holistic development in correlation to the curriculum.