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About WIA

Wisconsin Innovation Academy is a new charter school opening for enrollment K4-5 in the upcoming 2022/2023 school year. Located in convenient Wauwatosa, WIA is open to kids from the entire greater Milwaukee area.


WIA’s mission is to help kids be successful in school, in the community, and in life. The school prioritizes college prep, curiosity, and intercultural diversity.  The curriculum is STEM and IB-based and also provides Mandarin and Spanish instruction.


WIA shares a campus with International Students providing a unique opportunity to be part of the broader world.






Students in an inquiry-based education setting

WIA Mission

Wisconsin Innovation Academy provides a challenging, high-quality learning experience within a diverse and inclusive, global minded community, and prepares students as innovative thinkers who are curious, collaborative, college-ready, and prepared to excel in a diverse, intercultural world.

Our Values


Preparing for the brightest future, Wisconsin Innovation Academy  provides unparalleled dedication and commitment to students and their variety of needs, passions and dreams. We are excited to open our doors this fall!

Dr Matt Gibson,
WIA School Director & Principal

Founding Wisconsin Innovation Academy Governing Members

Dan Brink, Attorney, Business and International Law Practice, DeWitt Law Firm

Adrian Chan, Ph.D., UW-M Professor Emeritus, former Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, University of Wisconsin Systemwide Institute on Race and Ethnicity

Sherri Dunford, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase Bank NA

Keenan Grenell, Ph.D. CEO Global Capital Group LLC, Executive Director, Manufacturing Diversity Institute, Higher Education Administrator

Donna Kiel, Ed.D., Professor, DePaul University

Brandon Liu, Certified Public Accountant, Tax Manager, Wipfli, LLP

Guy Mascari, Executive Director, Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center, former President, Wauwatosa West Allis Chamber of Commerce

Jordan Morales, Federal Aviation Administrator Air Traffic Controller, Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, Parent of School-Age Children, Education Advocate

Founding Wisconsin Innovation Academy Leadership


Matt Gibson, Ph.D., School Director, former Elmbrook Superintendent of Schools, K-8 Principal/District Administrator, and Elementary Music Teacher

Jian Sun, MS Chemistry, MS Math, MBA, School CEO, also Wisconsin International Academy President and Elmbrook School Board Member

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Matt Gibson speaking about WIA's inquiry based education opportunities

Dr. Matt Gibson

School Director

Position Available Now

Assistant Principal 

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Office Manager 

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Grade K4

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Grade K5

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Grade 1

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Grade 2

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Grade 3

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Grade 4

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Grade 5

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Special Education Teacher

ESL (English as a Second Language)

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Special Education Teacher

Learning Interventionists

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International Language

Teacher - Mandarin

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International Language

Teacher - Spanish

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