Teacher Bios

Faculty Name Title
Singh, Kulbir Executive Director
Tuli, Jess Business Manager/Enrollment
Morrow, James Dean of Students
Busack, Blaire Interim Principal
Maliborski, Jacqueline K4 Instructor
Lentz, Alyssa K5 Instructor
Neibert, Brittney 1st Grade Instructor
Von Rueden, Stephanie 2nd Grade Instructor
Lopez, Nadia 3rd Grade Instructor
Mathews, Selena 4th Grade Instructor
Kiemen, Joe 6th Grade Instructor
Morrow, James 7th Grade Instructor
Pappenfuss, Rachel 8th Grade Instructor
Montriel, Domonique Science/Computer Instructor, 5th-8th Team Leader





James Morrow

James was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He's a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and father of twin boys. His entire educational life has been in city of Milwaukee. He attended Martin Luther King Elementary, Samuel L. Morse Middle school and Alexander Hamilton High School. I'm also a member of the United States Army Reserve and have served for ten years.

This is his third year with ITA and he has enjoyed every moment of being a part of such an extraordinary staff. He prides himself in his ability creating relationships with students to help them be successful within the classroom. I do my best to hold students to high expectations because I truly believe they are capable of meeting them.

Blaire Busack

Blaire Busack is the interim Principal at the Institute of Technology and Academics. She grew up in a very small town in rural Iowa, but moved to Wisconsin to attend college in Madison. While attending Edgewood College, Blaire found her passion for teaching. During her field work experiences in Madison, she realized that there was a great need for highly qualified teachers in our cities. Upon visiting Milwaukee, her passion for urban education only grew, and in 2009 Blaire chose to call Milwaukee home

Blaire began teaching 7th and 8th graders at a small choice school in the city. While teaching she quickly realized the need for strong school leaders and began working on her Masters degree at Concordia University. Since that time Blaire has been an in interventionist, an instructional coach, the dean of students and now a reading specialist.

Blaire truly loves being a part of the ITA staff and has loved to watch the school thrive over the years. When Blaire is not working with scholars she enjoys boating, festivals, and spending time with her children.

Jacqueline Maliborski

Jacqueline Maliborski was born at West Allis Memorial Hospital and grew up with her mom and stepdad in Hales Corners, WI. She was accepted at Alverno College right after High School and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Education and a minor in Creative Arts. She strives to create a comfortable atmosphere in her classroom where her students are respected and are not afraid to take risks. She was the K4 teacher for the first three years of being at ITA and moved up to K5 this year.

She holds her scholars to high expectations and makes sure they view themselves as strong readers, writers and mathematicians. This summer she was hired to be the K-2 lead teacher at Camp Umoja. Camp Umoja is a summer camp whose curriculum is focused on urban culture and how to empower students to make a difference in their community. Jacky has a love for urban education and says that ITA is her second family. Her scholars' success and closing the achievement gap is what drives her. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside, being with her family, taking care of her two cats and watching movies.

Alyssa Lentz

Alyssa Lentz is the K4 teacher at ITA. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. She joined the ITA staff in December 2015. This is Alyssa’s second year of teaching. Prior to having her own classroom, she was an educational assistant and substitute teacher in the Sheboygan area.

Alyssa is committed to helping our scholars achieve success, and go to college. Nothing makes her prouder than to see her students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Alyssa is so excited to be a part of the ITA team, and help close the achievement gap. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to movies, and being outside.

Stephanie Von Rueden

Stephanie Von Rueden has just joined our team this year as a first year teacher. She earned her Bachelors in Education at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She started her career with teaching working at a daycare where she taught preschool. Then she continued her career teaching as a substituting and teaching summer school classes in a rural communities. Finally, through the process of getting her degree she gained some experience with working in urban schools and knew it was where she was meant to teach.

She strives to give our students the higher education they deserve.On her free time she enjoys playing in softball tournaments around Wisconsin. In the summer she plays softball 7 days a week. She also enjoys remodeling her new house that she just bought with her fiance.

Selena Mathews

Ms. Mathews was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She spent her childhood in the 220 program in Germantown, WI until her Junior year. Upon graduating from Pulaski High School she earned a scholarship at Marquette University in education. Due to family issues, a year later, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her Bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in Business Management. From there, Ms. Mathews connected with MTEC and Lakeland College to receive her teaching certification.

She’s currently enrolled in Lakeland College for her master’s degree.She joined the ITA staff a year ago as the 4th grade teacher. Prior to that, she taught in MPS as a Special Education Teacher and a 1st grade teacher for 6 years.In her spare time, Ms. Mathews enjoys playing board games with her daughters, socializing with friends and family, and planning parties.

Joe Kiemen

Joe Kiemen is a 7th and 8th-grade teacher at ITA. This is his second year at the school. He enjoys working with the staff, students and parents to make ITA the finest school in Milwaukee. In addition to teaching, Joe Kiemen serves as the middle school boy's basketball coach. In the 2015-2016 season, the ITA Rams won the league sportsmanship award .

At school, his favorite subjects to teach are social studies and math. He believes that students should develop critical thinking skills to prepare them for high school and beyond. He is also excited about different ways to integrate technology in the classroom.

Before joining the ITA team, Joe Kiemen attended UW-Milwaukee and graduated from UW-Whitewater. His degree is in Broadfield Social Studies: Education. After college, he spent time teaching in Superior, WI,and Milwaukee.Outside of school he enjoys playing sports. Last year he played for the Menomonee Falls Lakers, a semi-professional baseball team. His other hobbies are playing basketball. guitar and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Rachel Pappenfuss

Rachel spent most of her life growing up in Madison, WI. After moving around to Naperville, IL and Anderson, SC, she ended up back in Milwaukee to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College. Graduating from WLC in 2015 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts, Rachel moved on to her first year of teaching as a fifth grade ELA teacher in a Milwaukee charter school.

It was after her first year of teaching that Rachel made the exciting decision to come to ITA. She was drawn to the evident family atmosphere among the staff, students, and parents. Rachel is prepared to work tirelessly and help join in the mission of closing the achievement gap here in Milwaukee.

Outside of school, Rachel spends her weekends teaching figure skating and hockey lessons at the Pettit National Ice Center. In her free time, she also enjoys spending as much time as possible camping and hiking with her husband, Remington.

Nadia Lopez

Nadia Lopez was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico . At the age of four she moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she spent her early years and a good portion of her teenager years before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1992. Upon moving to Milwaukee she attended James Madison High School. At the time due to family issues she was unable to finish high school. However, in 1999 she attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and earned her GED. Upon completing her GED she enrolled at Alverno College where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in Communication.

Ms. Lopez later attended Jones International University where she earned her Master’s in Business Communication and Leadership. Mrs. Lopez graduated at the top of her class with a GPA of 3.94 and received the honors of Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Lopez has worked in higher education, nonprofit, and before coming to ITA worked as a Human Resources Generalist for a nonprofit organization. Today Ms. Lopez has been with ITA since 2014 and teaches 3rdgrade. Ms. Lopez has always had a passion for teaching and has committed herself to continuously challenge herself by being the best teacher she can be by helping her scholars be successful.

Brittney Neibert

Brittney Neibert joined ITA this year as our first grade teacher. The past three years she has worked in the Greenfield School District working with the Title One department, serving the needs of children struggling academically. She also worked as an Instructional Aide working with children in grades ranging from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.

Brittney is a first year teacher and is passionate about serving the needs of all of her scholars. By her providing them the same opportunities and experiences as any other school, she can and will help close the achievement gap. When Brittney is not at school she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, friends, and her black lab Hunter. She also loves to be outdoors and participate in several 5K races year round.

Joe Kiemen

Joe Kiemen is a 7th and 8th-grade teacher at ITA. This is his second year at the school. He enjoys working with the staff, students and parents to make ITA the finest school in Milwaukee. In addition to teaching, Joe Kiemen serves as the middle school boy's basketball coach. In the 2015-2016 season, the ITA Rams won the league sportsmanship award

At school, his favorite subjects to teach are social studies and math. He believes that students should develop critical thinking skills to prepare them for high school and beyond. He is also excited about different ways to integrate technology in the classroom.

Before joining the ITA team, Joe Kiemen attended UW-Milwaukee and graduated from UW-Whitewater. His degree is in Broadfield Social Studies: Education. After college, he spent time teaching in Superior, WI,and Milwaukee.Outside of school he enjoys playing sports. Last year he played for the Menomonee Falls Lakers, a semi-professional baseball team. His other hobbies are playing basketball. guitar and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Domonique Montriel

Domonique Montriel was born and raised on the north side of Milwaukee, WI. She attended Lee elementary grade school, followed by Rufus king high school. In high school, Ms. Montriel excelled in all of her academic studies including band where she became an outstanding clarinet player. After her high school graduation in 2004, Ms. Montriel moved to Dallas Texas where she enrolled in college for a Bachelors degree in Business Management of Science. During her time in college, Ms. Montriel became a substitute teacher for the Cedar Hill school district in Cedar Hill, Texas. While serving as a substitute teacher, is when Ms. Montriel fell in love with the idea of becoming a grade school teacher.

After completing college Ms. Montriel moved back to her hometown of Milwaukee Wisconsin and started her first year of teaching at Urban Day school. She worked as an in house Teacher her first year. She then taught K4, 4th grade and middle school during her time at Urban Day. Ms. Montriel also taught for 4th/ 5th grade science for Lumin School, and is now the current science teacher for grades K5-8th grade at ITA where she says she is planning on being for a long time.

In her own quote, Ms. Montriel explains why she loves teaching. “I’ve currently been teaching in the school system for 6years. I can definitely say that I really enjoy what I do each and every day. I enjoy the interaction that I have with the students. I love to see the little light bulb that pops on in their heads whenever I teach them something new, and it connects. It’s actually very cool to see the growth a child can make when someone takes the time to invest in their academic and social development.”