Kari Krueger

Kari Krueger

Kari Krueger grew up in Darboy, Wisconsin and attended Kimberly High School. She then went on to the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh where she obtained her degree in regular and special education. After graduating college, Kari worked as a special educator in large cities like Wichita, Kansas and small towns like Blacksville, West Virginia. Her experiences teaching in a variety of communities has helped her get to know a multitude of learners. Most recently Kari taught in Menasha at Butte des Morts Elementary.

Kari is very excited for her role as Principal at Highlands. She values proactive behavior management and inclusivity as she feels this creates positive classroom cultures for students and teachers.

When Kari is not at school, she can be found chasing her son, soaking up the sun, cheering on the Packers, or scrapbooking. Kari invites you to stop in at school and meet her!

Associate Principal

Kathryn Schmeltzer

Mrs. Schmeltzer was previously an Associate Principal at Freedom Elementary School where she also served as the At Risk, Title I, and Title VI coordinator. Prior to beginning her administrative career in Freedom, she was a teacher in AASD both at Foster and Appleton Bilingual School.

As the Associate Principal in Freedom, Katie implemented RTI processes using MLSS; she developed data rules to guide decision making when planning intervention needs. With her fluency in Spanish combined with her knowledge of At Risk and minority populations, Katie is able to connect with many students, staff, families, and community members.

She believes the elementary years are critical in our children's development. Their experiences, opportunities and lessons learned will have a lasting impact on them and help shape who they become. It is her goal as Assistant Principal to help lead a school that is accepting, safe and respectful to each and every person who enters our doors. 

When she is not at school you can find her spending time with her husband, two boys, Sam and Michael, and dog Sully. She loves competing in triathlons, camping and puzzles! 
She looks forward to meeting and partnering with you to provide our students with an exciting, engaging, and high-quality elementary school experience. 

Dean of Students

Dean of Students

Martha Frega

Martha Frega was born and raised in a small town outside of Rochester, NY. From a young age she knew she wanted to be a teacher and in education. While in high school she volunteered at Special Education schools and would take her family’s Golden Retriever into a variety of places for pet therapy. 

Martha attended St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and studied Elementary Education and Psychology. She also played collegiate softball all four years, while being named an academic All-American. After graduating in 2002, Martha started teaching in her hometown in a 4th grade inclusion-based classroom. She went on to teach another year in  the classroom and began working on her Master’s degree in Special Education.

Once she received her Master’s in 2006, she began working as a self-contained teacher in a multi-age and multiple abilities classroom. While still in NY she also was a consultant Special Education teacher for grades K-6. 

In 2010 her family moved to Appleton for her husband’s job with GLK Foods. She began her career in Wisconsin at Ferber Elementary as the SEBD teacher. Martha then took time to be home with her three kids, but returned in 2015 to the AASD as a Talented and Gifted Education Teacher. 

In her spare time she loves to read, visit family in New York and Florida, travel to Door County, and stay active with sports, running, and other fitness related activities.