Any application received from now through the start of second semester will have a January 21st start date.

K–8 Special Education Teachers

Lisa Goldschmidt, Special Education Teacher (Grades 3–5)

Lisa Goldschmidt started WIVA in August 2014. Lisa has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Special Education. She has 11 years of experience teaching students identified with Learning and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities at the K–8 grade level. Lisa is excited to be a part of the WIVA team and looks forward to making connections and building relationships.

Ellen Grissom, Middle School Special Education Teacher (Grades 6–8)

Ellen Grissom began her teaching career as an intern teacher enrolled the UWM special education master's program. After graduating, she taught students in grades 1–8 for another three years in Milwaukee Public Schools. During that time, she completed a three year program "Alliance for Teaching Mathematics to Special Education Learners." This course consisted of studying mathematics in depth from 4K to ninth grade courses and learning co-teaching strategies. Prior to teaching, Ellen was a practicing music therapist. With degrees in music performance, religion, music education, and advance studies in psychotherapy, she has used her talents in a variety of jobs in a variety of settings. Ellen is enjoying getting to know the WIVA students and looks forward to working with them.

Rochelle Halstead, Special Education Teacher (Grades K–8)

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, broadfield 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.

Saundra Lynn-Swanson, K–8 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.

Jayne Stalsberg, K–8 Special Education Teacher (Grades K–2)

Jayne Stalsberg joins the WIVA Special Education team in 2015. She has taught special education students for 23 years in the public schools. For the past three years she has been employed as a part time homebound teacher and RTI interventionist at the Viroqua Area School District. Mrs. Salsberg loves teaching and connecting with students and families. When she is not working at WIVA, she enjoys gardening, experimenting with Pinterest recipes and projects, and cheering on the Packers. She is married and lives in Viroqua, WI. The Stalsbergs have one son who is a sophomore at Winona State University and is their pride and joy. He is a pitcher for the WSU baseball team. During the spring and summer, we spend a lot of evenings and weekends at the ball field. Mrs. Stalsberg is looking forward to working with her students.