Our Staff


Mrs. Colla - Dean / Program Facilitator / Lead Teacher

Email - collal@wawmsd.org
Phone (414) 604-4291

Mrs. Colla has dedicated her career to helping students achieve personal and academic success. She has taught in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District since 1989, teaching grades 1, 2, 3, and high school. In addition, she has been a reading teacher working with students at a variety of levels and in multiple settings. She is the founder and former director of the Morgan Grove Family Center, an after-school and summer site for children in subsidized housing. Mrs. Colla is the dean, teacher and program facilitator for Shared Journeys. Here she has moved the school from a program to the current status of an instrumentality charter school. She has served on numerous committees and in leadership roles both at the district level as well as within the community. Among her accomplishments she was a Kohl Fellowship Award recipient, Community Dinner Dance recipient, MMBSA Teacher of the Year, and Crystal Apple Grant and Award recipient. She holds a BS and MS in education, minor in health education, reading licensure, alternative education licensure, online instructor licensure and child care provider licensure. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four daughters and son in law, traveling, exercising, and reading.


Maria Malvitz

Maria Malvitz - Secretary / Child Care Manager

Email - malvitzm@wawmsd.org 
Phone - (414) 604-4293

Mrs. Malvitz is the Secretary / Child Care Manager at Shared Journeys Charter High School in the WAWM School District. She was born and raised in California and moved to Wisconsin in 1996. There she met her husband, Ryan, and they have three daughters. Mrs. Malvitz has volunteered for the Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin being not only a Troop Leader but also the area's School Organizer and Caroling Coordinator and has worked in the elementary, and now high school levels both in food service and as a secretary. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending their ballet recitals, basketball, softball, and soccer games, gardening and taking her dog for walks.

Rest in Peace Our Sweet "Ms. Hogan"

You will be oh so very missed, but will remain forever in our hearts.
A favorite quote of Ms. Hogan's
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain".

Jessie Hogan

Jessica Hogan - Academic Tutor

Ms. Hogan was the Academic Tutor for Shared Journeys from 2016-2019.


Danielych Heben

Danielych Heben - Academic Tutor

Email - hebend@wawmsd.org  Phone - (414) 604-4292
Ms. Heben is an alumni of Shared Journeys and is currently attending Alverno College to pursue a degree in education.  She is certified in baby sign as well as trained in mindfulness. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and daughter.  

Jenny S

Jenny Szalacinski - Child Care Provider

Email - szalacinskij@wawmsd.org 
Phone - (414) 604-4293

Ms. Szalacinski is the child care provider for Shared Journeys. She started working in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District through the West Allis Recreation and Community Services Department in 2014 as a summer playground supervisor and then became a building supervisor as well as an instructor for various classes. She also has been a volunteer in the elementary school, a lunchroom supervisor and classroom helper. She has earned her childcare provider and infant & toddler certifications and loves working with the staff, students and their children.  She enjoys spending her free time sitting on her patio when the weather is nice, and spending time with her two children and family.


Kaylee Breska

Kaylee Breska - Child Care Provider

Email - breskak@wawmsd.org 
Phone - (414) 604-4293

Ms. Breska, an alumni of Shared Journeys, is a child care provider in the Shared Journeys Infant Lab.  She has earned her childcare provider and infant and toddler certifications. Prior to coming to Shared Journeys, Kaylee worked at All About Learning Childcare. When not at Shared Journeys, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, decorating and doing crafts.