Christopher M. Amidon
Chris wants to empower kids of all ages to learn in their own way—have adventures, solve mysteries, and follow projects that capture their imagination. Kaleidoscope is an opportunity to encourage these nontraditional learning opportunities through financial backing, resource sharing, and family support. Chris works as a park ranger for Isle Royale National Park.
Christy teaches Art and Tinker Lab at Kaleidoscope L’Anse. She has worked with kids all of her life! When she was 20, she starting working with Youth Programs in the Air Force. She worked in the Youth Programs for over 15 years, working with children ages between 5 and 18. She has 3 children and has been married for over 20 years.
Christy has wanted to teach and work with kids since she was a kid herself! Christy has been going to college on and off for years and hopes to soon finish her degree. Until then, she’ll stay creative and have fun teaching kids for as long as she’s allowed!
Victoria has a middle school age daughter who is taking elective courses for UPVA through Kaleidoscope. She works remotely for the Merative (used to be IBM Watson Health) and is an Adjunct Instructor at MTU for Cybersecurity. She and her family moved here in December 2019 (the Friday before Christmas) because her spouse was hired by Tech full time. They are still meeting their neighbors due to the pandemic effect. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cybersecurity from MTU where her focus is on Cybersecurity Policy and Law. Outside of that, she has six kids and two very large dogs. Her family is active in the music community and is looking forward to spending more time on the water once they are done refinishing their little sailboat.
With a background in process engineering and a penchant for traditions, Renata’s 19 years of parenting and homeschooling her four children have been an eclectic mix of techniques, schedules, curricula, and community involvement. Her family has participated in several different homeschooling co-ops and groups throughout the years and are Kaleidoscope members. Renata is trained in Montessori and helped to create a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium in Chassell.
Renata enjoys brainstorming ideas to solve problems, supplementing curriculum with more books than necessary, and hosting Friday Night Pizza.