Executive Board

 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.


President Elect: Kathy Varda


Secretary: Barb Olsen



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.

Treasurer: Jessica Owens




Jessica Owens 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: Shelly Krueger




Shelly Krueger has taught Spanish at West Bend West High School since 1991. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and English with a minor in TESOL from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She has traveled with students to Spain, Peru, Panama and Costa Rica.  Her students regularly participate in the National Spanish Exam and the Concurso Oral.


NSE Coordinator: Victoria Carter


SHH Coordinator: Monica Lentz




Monica Wintereldt Lentz. Spanish teacher since 1993. Taught st South Milwaukee High School and presently at Brookfield East High school. CAPP teacher through UW Oshkosh. Member of AATSP since 1994 and on the board since 1995 as NSE coordinator, President and now SHH State Coordinator.



Past President: Jeanne Kasza



jeanne-1Jeanne Kasza teaches Spanish at Port Washington High School. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Marquette University in International Affairs and Spanish Language and Literature, studied at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and holds her Post-Baccalaurate Certification in ESL, Bilingual Education and Spanish (2012) from UW-Milwaukee. She has been involved in the AATSP board since 2002 serving as secretary, president and past president and has been involved with the Concurso Oral for many years.  Instilling a love for Spanish and helping to develop young adults are her passions. Jeanne has studied and lived in Spain, Brazil and Mexico and travelled with students for ten years with Friends of Nutre Hogar in Panama helping malnourished children. She is looking forward to taking students to Spain again in 2018.  When not teaching, Jeanne enjoys her time with her husband and two girls.



Coordinators – Concurso Oral:  

Janet Bull Jackson


janetJanet 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.

Sara Ruiz



Sara Ruiz teaches Spanish at Hartford Union High School. She has been a teacher for 10 years ranging from 6th grade Spanish 1 to AP Spanish Language and Culture. She got her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of St. Benedict in Spanish and Secondary Education in 2005. She has been involved in the AATSP board since 2010 working as the webmaster and now the Concurso Oral Coordinator. She loves seeing kids flourish in the language and participate in the Concurso Oral. Sara has lived in Spain and Argentina as well as traveled to other Spanish speaking countries.  She has also traveled to Peru and Panama with students and is looking forward to taking students to Costa Rica in 2018. Outside of school, her three kids who are her world and keep her on her toes but also extremely happy.