Board of Directors

Henrique A. de Melo e Silva (Kiko)

Board Member

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Kiko first arrived in the United States at age 15 in 1987 and the Copper Country in 1990 to attend Michigan Technological University… twice.  Since then, the Copper Country has been home to this research engineer working for the department of civil & environmental engineering at his Alma mater.

Ruth Gill

Board Treasurer

Ruth has been interested in alternative forms of education since attending a progressive high school in the UK, where she grew up. She holds a postgraduate degree in education from the University of Cambridge and has homeschooled her two children on and off for the past 13 years, as well as teaching French and music and movement classes. She joined with others to form Kaleidoscope because she is committed to creating high-quality learning opportunities for local families in search of a non-traditional education for their children.

Kathleen Harter

Board Member

Kathleen joined the Kaleidoscope board as an at large member in June 2020. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including leading environmental education programs for K-12, assisting with week-long educational camps, coordinating educator workshops, writing lesson plans and curriculum, and mentoring staff in developing educational outreach and community programming and activities. Kathleen enjoys connecting with people and creating fun and engaging learning opportunities that spark curiosity and reflection. A recent graduate from Adler University in Nonprofit Management, Kathleen also enjoys traveling, backpacking, gardening, and cooking with kids.

Rita Krans

​Board Secretary

Ms. Krans, Board Secretary and Assistant Director of Virtual Programs through the Public Schools of CLK, joins us from Denver, Colorado with a diverse educational administrative background. As co-founder and Director of CLK Childcare at CLK Elementary school in 2012, Rita received coursework in Special Education from Colorado University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. With a deep love for her friends, family, the outdoors, and being a well versed foodie, Rita spends her free time bumming at the beach, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, running, gardening, sewing, and eating chocolate!

Christopher M. Amidon

Board President

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.

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Find us: 

PO Box 64
Houghton, MI 49931

Call us:

(906) 281-5647

Kaleidoscope partners with The Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw 's Virtual Program and is available to all students residing within the state of Michigan. All classes in the program, the traditional school, K12 and Upper Peninsula Virtual Academy are available to all students enrolled with The Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw.  

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