Our Staff

Oro Valley, Arizona

Nikki Pennington - Regional Director

NIKKI PENNINGTONMs. Nikki was born and raised in New Mexico and moved to Tucson in 2000 to be closer to family. She has been working in a licensed facility since 2004 and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Nikki has been a mentor teacher for many students perusing their degree in education from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.

She has been married to her husband since 2005 and they have a daughter who is a Leman Scholar. Nikki likes to spend time playing volleyball, swimming, going to amusement parks, and playing games with her family. She is delighted to be the Director of Preschool at Leman Academy of Excellence.


Meagan Sibley - Preschool Director

Megan SibleyMeagan Sibley is our Oro Valley Preschool Director. She is originally from a very small town in Oregon called Fossil. She grew up helping on ranches and riding horses with her mom, three older brothers and older sister. She graduated high school in 2009. She then continued her education by taking online courses at Eastern Oregon University. During this time, she volunteered for an after-school program helping 1st-3rd grade children with homework. This showed Meagan the love and passion she had for working with kids that still exists today.

In 2012 she moved to Tucson and began her career in childcare. She obtained her CDA in 2019. Meagan is married to her husband Josh and they have two daughters. As a family they enjoy attending church, swimming, playing board games and going to the movies.



Debbie BackusDebbie Backus is an Executive Assistant to Dr. Kevin Leman and helps out in the Oro Valley Preschool office. Debbie has extensive experience in event planning, accounting, and interpersonal relationships. Debbie continues to assist Dr. Leman and enjoys being part of the Leman Academy team in serving the preschool personnel, parents, and scholars. Debbie is married and has one daughter and two grandchildren.



Connor Danley

Connor was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He started working for Leman Academy of Excellence in 2019 as an afterbell teacher for kindergarten and first grade. He began working for the preschool in January of 2021 and has loved working with the 4’s. Science and animals are his favorite things to teach, and he has really enjoyed the parent involvement that this school brings.



Brianna Hearn-Danley

Hello my name is Brianna Hearn I grew up in Kansas and when I was a little bit older I moved to arizona. I grew up with a pretty big family, but I was closest with my twin brother. Some of my hobbies are art, reading, and playing board games. I enjoy working with younger children, and I have enjoyed the time that I have spent working at Leman so far. I love to do crafts with the kids and science experiments with them.


Lindsey Stogner

Hi! My name is Lindsey Stogner, I teach in the Explorers classroom. I enjoy working with this age group. We have a lot of fun and I enjoy watching them experience new things and develop skills through learning and playing! I am pursuing my dream of working with preschoolers. In the fall I will be working to earn an Early Education Certificate through Central Arizona College. I am very excited and thankful to be a part of the Leman Academy team and can't wait to grow with fellow staff, families and preschoolers.


Hailey Barry

Ms. Barry is excited to join the Leman Academy team. She is originally from San Diego, California and moved to Tucson in 2020. She is currently in school to obtain her bachelor’s degree and her credentials. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was 5 years old. When Ms. Barry is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family by going to the lake and on hikes. She also enjoys a nice book by herself at home with her 3 kittens.