7th & 8th Grade "Debt Free"

BEAM's Junior Academy house is named Debt Free because we like to encourage our students to adopt a lifestyle of personal responsibility where they can be free of financial debt and the social debt that comes with negative decisions.


Our overall goal as a house is to prepare our students for high school.  They transition to four different classes (language arts, math, science, and social studies) and receive homework every night.  In addition to their core classes, students also have art, gym, library, and character educations.


As a house, we strive to create a learning environment that is conducive to success both in life and in school.  We expect the best from our students and ourselves and seek to work closely with our students' parents in order to foster student success.  We believe that open communication between our team, students, and parents is the only way to ensure student achievement, which is our ultimate goal.  Our hope is that all of our eighth grade students leave our building a better scholar and person.



Junior Academy Staff  


Jenelle Leavell - Lead Teacher- Mrs. Leavell has been teaching Reading and Language Arts at BEAM since moving to Milwaukee five years ago.


Tonet Johnson - Ms. Johnson has taught science at BEAM since 2005 and currently serves as the adviser for the Science Club and the Science Curriculum Coordinator.


Jesse Sheteron - I have been teaching social studies for four years, all at BEAM.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in history and English and am currently certified to teach every subject of social studies.  Outside of school, I enjoy music, sports, and spending time with my wife and son.


Ester Wilson - I am the 7th and 8th grade JA Math teacher.  This is my 5th year teaching in middle school, although it is my first year at BEAM.  I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Science.  Also, I obtained my Master's in Education at Mount Mary College.  Some of the things I love to do when I'm not teaching are having fun with family and friends.  Also, in my spare time I love to bowl.  One of my favorite quotes in education is "education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one," by Malcolm S. Forbes.