eSchool Director Erik Hanson

Dean of Digital Learning |Director of eSchool

Erik Hanson

Mr. Hanson joined the Appleton eSchool in 2008 from Edina, Minnesota where he spent 8 years as a math teacher and webmaster.  Mr. Hanson was involved with the infant stages of online learning in the Minneapolis area as he wrote curriculum and taught online algebra for the Edina Public Schools.

Mr. Hanson attended Madison Area Technical College where he earned his associates degree and transferred to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee to complete his bachelors degree in Education with math and science teaching licenses.  While teaching in the classroom, Mr. Hanson completed his masters degree in teaching and learning through St. Mary's University in Winona, MN.  Mr. Hanson also has a Education Specialist degree in Administration through National Louis University in Milwaukee, WI.  

In addition to his work here in AASD, Mr. Hanson serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin eSchool Network (WEN).  He has served in the roles of treasurer and president of the board for nearly a decade.

Mr. Hanson and his wife have four children.  All of which attend(ed) both neighborhood schools and charter schools right here in the AASD.

Mr. Hanson’s office is located at Appleton East High School on the first floor near the elevator in the silo (circular) section of the school.

Associate Prinicpal Waters


Shawna Waters

Mrs. Waters grew up in Appleton and is a proud graduate of Appleton East High School. She attended UW Oshkosh where she earned her teaching degree in special education. In the early years of her career, she worked in both the Green Bay Area Public School District and the Oshkosh Area School District as a high school special educator. She began her career in the Appleton Area School District in 2007, the same year she completed her master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis through UW Madison. While in the Appleton Area School District, she has served as a special education teacher, a building reading interventionist, and a district program support teacher.  

While not at school, Mrs. Waters and her husband enjoy spending time with family, in nature, and making memories through travel. Her two sons attend school in Appleton and are future Patriots. 

Mrs. Waters is honored to serve as Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Appleton East. Ensuring high levels of learning for all students through a safe and welcoming school environment is very important to her.