A Tuition Free K-8 Public Charter School Serving the Fox Cities.

All Flex Academy students receive a free YMCA of the Fox Cities membership and Laptop

Flex Academy Enrollment!

The application process for the 18-19 school year has now ended. 

If you are still interested in attending the next school year, please fill out our interest form, if space opens we will contact you.

2018-2019 Flex Interest Form


Teacher Bios


Mr. Kent Swanson

6th-8th Grade Teacher

Lead Teacher


Hello, my name is Kent Swanson and I have been in the Little Chute Area School District since 1996.  I am originally from Osceola, WI and received my undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  I have my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  I have been the Lead Teacher of the Flex Academy for four years.

My wife Molly and I have two children Emma and Elliot.  They both are very busy and active in a variety of sports and music.  I enjoy participating in sports and love being outdoors.  Wakeboarding is one of my favorite activities.  I am a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins and enjoy spending time with my family on vacations and at our cottage.  I am very excited to be teaching at the Flex Academy and enjoy working with my students and families.  Please contact me with any questions.

Mrs. Jennifer McDermot

2nd-5th Grade Teacher

Fallen Timbers Coordinator


My name is Jennifer McDermot. I have been in Little Chute all, but six months of my educational career.  I have had the opportunity to; teach High School Special Ed, Grade 1, Grade 3, K-5 science, 6th grade Environmental Education, K-5 Gifted and Talented, facilitate PK-12 Curriculum, PK-12 Professional Development, K-12 Literacy Coach, be part of numerous committees and I have always said, "I will give most any job, deemed necessary, a try".  I enjoy change and a challenge.  I have a Masters Degree in K-12 Environmental Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Leadership, I have had many additional professional credits in literacy, numeracy, differentiation strategies, student thinking and student learning styles.

My husband (Mike) and I have two grown, married and wonderful sons and are blessed with two beautiful daughter-in-laws. I have a goofy German Wirehaired Pointer (Mara), four-grand dogs (Packer, Chester, Paul, and Annabelle) and a grand-cat (Albie)

Mrs. Nikol Waters

2nd-5th Grade Teacher

Service Learning Coordinator


My name is Nikol Waters and I have been teaching in the Little Chute Area School District for over a decade.  I began my career in the health education field and have had the opportunity to teach intermediate, middle, and high school.  I also have my masters degree in school counseling.  In 2012, I joined a team of educators to design a K-8 charter school in the district.  When the Flex first opened I taught K-2 and am currently co-teaching grades 2-5.

I have four children, 3 beautiful daughters, and a little boy Finn. Stella our mini golden doodle keeps us on our toes.  In our free time, you can find our family at the cottage, ball park, or playing instruments and singing in our music room.

Ms. Kelly Schumacher

K-1st Grade Teacher


Hello! My name is Kelly Schumacher, and I am the new Kindergarten and First Grade band teacher. I am a recent graduate of St. Norbert's with a degree in Early Adolescence/Early Childhood. As a former student of the Little Chute School District, I'm excited to give back and work in the community where I grew up. 

Little Chute is my hometown, born, and raised.  There are four people in my family; my dad Gerald (Scooby), my mom Linda, my sister Katie, and my fiance Adam Lamers- also a Little Chute alumni.  We are a family that love sports and our life revolves around being active.  I am currently a Little Chute Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach as well.

Mrs. Tara Strasburg

Special Education


My name is Tara Strasburg, and I have been teaching special education in the Little Chute Area School District for 7 years.  This is my second year at the Flex Academy.  Before I joined the staff at the Flex, I taught 5th grade special education at the Intermediate School with the last two of those years co-teaching in a regular education classroom.  I was an in-home Autism therapist for 3 years before becoming a teacher. 

My husband (Jay) and I live in Little Chute with our 4 kids (Tess, Alli, Eva, and Leo), 2 dogs (Roxy and Vader), and 2 fish (Bosh and Effie).  My girls and I all love to dance and read while the boys love motorcycles and guitars.  Our family loves to be outdoors together especially swimming and hiking.