Now Enrolling K4 - 3rd Grade

Meet Our Educators

Justine Alswager 

K4 Teacher

Justine Alswager comes to La Casa De Esperanza with a background in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining La Casa, Ms. Alswager worked as a classroom teacher serving low-income families at Guadalupe Head Start since 2002. Ms. Alswager began as a parent volunteer and served on the City-Wide Policy Council representing the parent committee for Guadalupe Head Start.  She then became a classroom assistant and eventually a classroom lead teacher while attending college. Ms. Alswager obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education through MATC and completed her Bachelor's Degree through Lakeland College.  She currently holds state license to teach grades Preschool through 6th grade and will start working toward her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at UW Superior this fall. Outside of school time Ms. Alswager enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She also enjoys the arts and entertainment, staying up to date on current events and spending time in nature. Ms. Alswager is very excited to be a part of the teaching team at La Casa De Esperanza and looking forward to an amazing year.  Justine can be at

Kari Scheifen
K4 Teacher

Kari Scheifen is one of our K4 teachers. This is her first year teaching K4 at La Casa de Esperanza Charter School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Lakeland College with a certification to teach pre-k through 6th grade.  Kari has 16 years of experience working in early childhood education. Before coming to La Casa, she worked in an early childhood center for 14 years and two years teaching K4 in an urban private school in Milwaukee. Early childhood is her passion and looks forward to a new adventure every day!  Kari has a husband and two beautiful daughters that she spends all of her free time with watching movies, shopping and going on spontaneous road trips. Her favorite things to do outside of school are reading, crafting and going out for coffee with family and friends.  Kari can be reached at

Rosa Roque
K4 Co Teacher

Mrs. Rosa Roque has had the pleasure of serving La Casa De Esperanza and its community for the past 10 years. She started as a daycare teacher in 2007 and currently works for the charter school as a Co Teacher. Mrs. Roque holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Her goal is to eventually finish a bachelor’s degree to further her education and career.  She has distinguished herself by collaborating with teachers and students to improve communication and understanding of the curriculum for Spanish speaking students. In addition, she’s contributed to the company’s mission by supporting the children’s heritage language, and being culturally sensitive and proactive. She is dedicated to the social, emotional and educational development of each child and makes it her goal to ensure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.  When Mrs. Roque is not working, you can find her spending quality time with her supportive husband and three children. Lastly, her favorite hobbies include reading, listening to music and traveling. You can email Mrs. Rosa at

Sarah Daniels
K5 Teacher

Sarah Daniels is one of our K5 teachers.  She graduated with a bachelors degree in elementary education from Alverno in 2008. Since then she has spent the last 9 years teaching K4-1st grade on the south side of Milwaukee. She has lots of experience working with English Language Learners, specializing in literacy and math. In the classroom Sarah loves getting to know her students and their families, playing games and watching her students grow. When not at school she loves to spend time with her family, play sports and be outside. Sarah can be reached at

Kimberly Ipsa
K5 Teacher

Kimberly Ipsa is so excited to start a brand new school year here at La Casa de Esperanza as a K5 teacher!  She received her Associates in Liberal Arts degree at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN.  At the time she graduated, it was only a two year college, so she finished her education at Lakeland College(now University) based out of Plymouth, WI. Kimberly has been blessed to be able to teach scholars for 13 years in first and second grade. She looks forward to helping all of her kindergartners grow and reach their full potential, academically and socially.  She knows all her scholars are going to have an amazing school year!  Kimberly can be reached at

Gloria Sosa
2nd Grade Teacher

Gloria Sosa is new to the La Casa de Esperanza Charter School Family, and is originally from Mexico.  She graduated as an Engineer in Control and Computing at the University of Nuevo León in Mexico.  She has had the opportunity to work as a certified bilingual teacher for 20 years, 5 years at the Milwaukee Public School and 15 years with the Waukesha School District.  Ms. Sosa is married and has five children, three boys and two girls.  She also has three beautiful granddaughters.  As an engineer, Ms. Sosa loves working with children in guiding them to build their future.  You can reach Gloria at

Diana Mercado Losada
Art Teacher

Diana Mercado Losada is new to the La Casa de Esperanza Charter School family, and is originally from Puerto Rico.  She attended the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, on the campus of Metro, where she carried out her studies in "Education from Kindergarten to Third Degree".  She eventually moved to Milwaukee where she worked as a Fourth Grade teacher, and then as an Art and Computer teacher for K-6th Grade at Athena Bilingual Academy. Diana is the second of four sisters; has four beautiful nephews and a lovely female dog named Loly.  She has been married for 15 years.  Diana is a cheerful, committed, responsible, dedicated, organized, friendly, and honest.   She loves children and animals, arts and crafts, music and dance!  Diana can be reached at