President: Kathy Varda
Kathy Varda, originally from Roseville, MN, has been teaching since January 2009. After completing her student teaching at Pelican Rapids High School in Pelican Rapids, MN, she was hired as a teacher at Kingsford High School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she taught Spanish I, II, III, IV and occasionally English. She attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI for her undergraduate degree and has done some work toward a Master’s degree as well. During her undergraduate she traveled to several different Spanish-speaking countries – Peru, Chile and Argentina, studying abroad at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. She has traveled to Peru and Costa Rica with students. During the 2013-2014 school year she taught at Parkview High School in Orfordville, WI. In 2014-2015 Kathy taught kindergarten – 8th grades at St. John Vianney School and St. Mary School in Janesville, WI. She also taught at Stoughton High School from 2015-2017. Since 2017, Mrs. Varda has been teaching 8th grade Spanish and Spanish 3, 4, and AP Spanish Language and Culture at the School District of Beloit Turner.
President Elect: Jessica Santiago
Past President: Erin Anderson Nienas
Erin Nienas, originally from Oshkosh, WI, has been teaching Spanish since 2012. After graduating from the University of WI-La Crosse she taught middle school and Levels 1-4 at Cashton Area School District, and Spanish 3, 4 and AP Spanish Language Culture at Stoughton High School. She currently teaches 6th grade Spanish at Horace Mann Middle School and Spanish 2 at Neenah High School. Mrs. Nienas completed her study abroad experience at the Universitat de Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain in 2009-2010. She has traveled twice to Costa Rica with students and looks forward to upcoming travel adventures with her students to Spain and Portugal.
Treasurer: Jessica King
Jessica King teaches Spanish at Stormonth Elementary School in the Fox Point-Bayside School District. She has been Treasurer for AATSP-WI since January 2017 and the state representative for NELL. From the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, she earned her bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education. Señorita Owens enjoys traveling, geocaching, volunteering, and coaching Track.
Webmaster: Josh LeGreve
Josh LeGreve is a 2nd through 12th grade Spanish teacher at Green Lake School District, a small, public International Baccalaureate World School. He additionally serves the district as the drama department director, the MYP Community Project co-coordinator, and the Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate school coordinator. He holds a BA in Spanish and physics with a minor in secondary education from Ripon College. Josh has served the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) as advertising manager for the last 7 years and as WAFLT president for 2015-2016. He currently serves as WAFLT Fall Conference Co-Chair and as part of the 21st Century Communications Committee. Josh is also a member of the Wisconsin FLESFEST planning committee and was a writing team member for the newly revised Wisconsin State Standards for World Languages. Josh also served as Local Liaison for CSCTFL 2018 in Milwaukee and will be serving on the CSCTFL Board of Directors from July 2020 to June 2024.
NSE Coordinator: Victoria Carter
SHH Coordinator: Nicole Thompson
Nicole Thompson, originally from New Berlin, WI, has been teaching Spanish since 2012. After graduating from Marquette University she was a long-term substitute in various districts, including Muskego Norway, West Bend, and St. Francis. She then completed a year-long Rotary program in Salta, Argentina during 2013. She has been teaching at New Berlin West High School since August 2014 and teaches Spanish 4 and 5 (CAPP Spanish 204). She loves advising the El Sol Chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, doing service in the community, and traveling with students to Spain, Costa Rica, and Perú.
Secretary: Kelly Brandstaetter
Kelly Brandstaetter teachers Spanish at Brookfield Academy. She has taught Spanish 1 and Spanish 3 at the Upper School and currently teachers 7th and 8th grade at the Middle School. Her students regularly taking the National Spanish Exam. She studied at UW-Eau Claire where she studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain. She graduated with a degree in Spanish Education and a minor in TESOL. Since then, she has traveled to Costa Rica and returned to Spain with students! She looks forward to taking students to Peru in the Spring of 2020! She enjoys hiking, cooking, and of course – traveling!
Coordinators – Concurso Oral:
Janet Bull Jackson
Janet Jackson has taught middle school Spanish for 13 years at Badger Middle School in West Bend. She studied abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador, as well as traveled to Mexico, Spain, and Peru. Her heart lies in South America. She loves working with middle schoolers, and sharing the love of learning a language for the beginning years. The Concurso Oral is one of her favorite activities of the year. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her newlywed husband, their two dogs, and coaching volleyball and forensics.
Barb Olsen teaches Spanish and English at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson. She also serves as National Honor Society adviser and Forensics head coach. She’s taught since 1991 in the Poynette, Fort Atkinson, Kewaskum and West Bend districts as well as a few years part-time while her two children were young. Barb has been a member of WAFLT all of her teaching career. She also enjoys teaching summer classes for young children. Barb looks forward to the opportunity to serve AATSP and her Wisconsin colleagues as secretary of the AATSP – Wisconsin Chapter.