- Kinder Teachers
- 1st Grade Teachers
- 2nd Grade Teachers
- 3rd Grade Teachers
- 4th Grade Teachers
- 5th Grade Teachers
- Middle School Teachers
- ESS Staff
- Art & Music Teachers
- School Nurse
- Language Teachers
- Physical Education
- Food Service
- Instructional Assistants
- Homeschool Enrichment
- Facilities Coordinator
DENNIS O’REILLY – VP OF RELATIONS
Mr. O’Reilly started working with young people as a volunteer junior high basketball coach back in 1990, and has been in education for over twenty years, starting as a middle school math teacher back in 1993. Mr. O’Reilly has been an administrator since 1999 serving as Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant to the Principal, Principal, and Head of Schools at three different private schools in Tucson, Arizona and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Chapman University. Mr. O’Reilly has been married for sixteen years to his beautiful bride Krissy, and will have two scholars attending Leman Academy, Conner and Adeline.
JASON EDWARDS – PRINCIPAL
Jason Edwards is thrilled to be part of Leman Academy of Excellence! He studied history and education at Asbury University (B.Ed), then moved to Sao Paulo Brazil where he taught history, coached soccer, and served as Athletic Director at an international American school for grades PreK-12. He later moved to the Denver metro area in Colorado where he first taught History, then served as an administrator at two different charter schools emphasizing character education and classical curriculum. In all, he has over a decade of teaching experience and has worked as a charter school administrator since 2012. He has additionally completed graduate degrees in Educational Leadership from both Trinity Western University in British Columbia (2012) and George Fox University in Oregon (2016).
Jason loves to spend time outdoors with his wife and 3 kids, read,mountain bike, cheer for Barcelona F.C., play guitar, and make friends through pick-up soccer. His favorite things about Leman Academy are the content-rich classical curriculum, the robust and time-tested philosophy of Charlotte Mason and Dr. Leman, the culture of joy, and the strength of community that naturally develops when like-minded families and educators unite around a shared vision for healthy growth.
BRIDGET D'ARCY– INTERIM ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL
Bridget has been worked in the Education field since 1999 beginning with the after care program in a local elementary school. There she discovered the joy of spending her days with children and decided to pursue a degree in Education. Bridget graduated with honors from Mesa State College in Elementary Education. She has worked as a Kindergarten teacher, 1st grade teacher, and as an interventionist pulling struggling readers and advanced learners. She's also had the privilege of teaching in other capacities, such as ski and snowboard instructor, outdoor program leader, VBS leader, and much more.
When not teaching you'll find her either outside somewhere, reading, or usually both at the same time, preferably under the sun with her family. She is married to her husband Chris and has two daughters. Her favorite things about Leman Academy are the whole-child approach and coming alongside parents to raise scholars with core values and virtues. She is also very passionate about the philosophies that Charlotte Mason and Dr. Leman bring to Parker, such as respecting the scholars as individuals and giving them the habits and encouragement for a successful life.
Starla Cordova - Office Manager
Starla Cordova first became involved with charter schools in 1995 as a Founding Family of a school in Colorado Springs. Since then, she has made a career out of helping start charter schools and Leman Academy will be her fourth school to see up and running. She has served as Substitute Teacher, Office Manager, and Registrar. She is looking forward to building relationships with the Leman scholars and their families in the years to come.
Starla, and her husband of thirty years, enjoy spending time with their three daughters and two grandsons. She also enjoys hiking, building furniture, and building/remodeling homes.
Mineko (Dee) Zeidlhack - Front Office
Roxanne Aviles - Kinder Teacher
My name is Mrs. Roxanne Aviles and I will be joining Leman Academy of Excellence as a 1st grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school-year. This will be my 6th year teaching. I taught kindergarten for 4 years and 2nd grade for 1 year. I am very much looking forward to meeting in the middle at 1st grade and applying my knowledge of kindergarten and second grade expectations to meet the developmental needs of ALL of our scholars.
I am very happily married to my SUPER supportive husband, Mr. Aviles. Together we have 5 beautiful children. From oldest to youngest: Morgan (18), Zackary (15), Adrian (10), Alex (8), and the “baby”, Zoey (5). Adrian will be attending 5th grade, Alex will be in 2nd grade and Zoey will be starting kindergarten, all at Leman.
I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education grades K-6th. In October of 2016 I received my Master’s in Education with a focus on Curriculum, instruction, and assessment through Walden University. I believe that learning never stops and I seek opportunities to increase my pedagogical skills on a continual basis.
I am excited to join the Leman family and build our community and I am very much looking forward to developing relationships with all of you! Welcome to the Leman Family!
Terri Donohue - Kinder Teacher
Hello! I am Terri Donohue, and I'm thrilled to be on the Kindergarten Team at Leman Academy of Excellence. This will be my sixth year teaching, and my fourth year as a kindergarten teacher. I love the enchanting world of kindergarten! Every day, we discover something new and exciting.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music/Vocal Performance, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. My time at Cal Poly was magical and fulfilling. I also have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. After my first day as a student teacher, I knew education was my true calling.
I live in Castle Rock with my two children. Max is 19 and excited to live life to its fullest. Maggie is 12 and is both nervous and eager to begin middle school. We have two cats we adore named Murphy and Darwin.
As a family, we love going to the movies, playing board games, taking walks, exploring our beautiful state of Colorado, and just spending time together. When I have free time I enjoy singing with the Cherry Creek Chorale, knitting (a true beginner here), spending time with friends and family, and reading.
Lesli Kiehn - Kinder Teacher
Michele Sum - Kinder Teacher
My name is Michele Sum and I'm thrilled to be one of the Kindergarten Teachers at Leman! I've been teaching for 15 years. I've taught Kindergarten and most recently I was a Substitute Teacher in the Cherry Creek School District. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and my Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Outside of teaching I enjoy reading, swimming and spending time with my family.
I can't wait to be a part of the Leman Community and to help shape the minds of our young Scholars!
Elizabeth Wilson - Half Day Kinder Teacher & ELL/504 Coordinator
My name is Elizabeth (Betsy) Wilson. I’m excited and honored to be a member of the Leman Academy of Excellence team again this year. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Colorado Teaching License K-6. I’m currently enrolled in a Culturally, Linguistically Diverse Endorsement Program (CLDE), and in a Master of Arts in Education (MAE).
As a highly qualified teacher, my primary teaching experiences include positions as a Homeroom Kindergarten Teacher, 504 Coordinator, and as an ESL Coordinator, Administrator and Support Teacher. Other positions include: Kindergarten Reading Teacher and a Response to Interventionist (RTI) for (K-2nd).
My passion is teaming with staff, parents, and scholars to ensure success for everyone. As an educator I want every scholar to know the love of learning, and that there is learning in laughter.
Prior to working as an educator, I had a long career as a Designer/Drafter and Project Manager for a Mechanical Engineering firm in the Denver, Colorado area.
I grew up in Colorado, and raised my family near the Elizabeth/Parker area. My personal interests are spending time with my family, camping, home projects, cooking, science, STEM/STEAM, bike riding, architecture, art, national and international travel.
Marsha Anderson - 1st Grade Teacher
Marsha Anderson discovered her love of teaching as a vocal coach when she was in High School and has now been in education for 20 years. She has worked with a diverse group of students as a teacher in both the preschool and elementary core and music classroom, along with being a private learning consultant. She seeks to stay up-to-date with current educational practices and is both a member of the Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE) and a certified handwriting specialist through the “Handwriting without Tears” program. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Anderson University (IN) and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Colorado Christian University.
The Highlands Ranch resident enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years, their three sons, and two Havanese dogs. As a Southern California native, Mrs. Anderson loves sunny outdoor activities including water skiing, gardening, and sprint triathlons. She also enjoys singing and chocolate.
Mrs. Anderson is thrilled to partner with the families of Leman Academy of Excellence and share in their academic journey.
John Haynes - 1st Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is John Haynes, and I’m thrilled to be teaching at the Leman Academy of Excellence. I grew up here in Parker and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and Linguistically Diverse Education. I began my teaching career in the Mapleton School District in Thornton and I have returned to my home town of Parker with my wife and soon to be baby boy. I enjoy being outdoors, swimming, hiking, and spending time with friends. I have three dogs, a Chihuahua, a pug, and a jack rustle.
Kimberly Huntley - 1st Grade Teacher
Nicole Lamb - 1st Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Nicole Lamb. This is my first year teaching in elementary school, and I am so excited to teach in a school that upholds values and virtues and is a classical and rigorous environment. I have previous experience teaching in a Jr. Kindergarten class, which I adored. I am looking forward to working with "older" students in the first grade. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor's in History, which took me to Spain where I worked in a museum. I graduated with my Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in May of 2019. I have learned so much from my life experiences and from school that I am excited to apply to the classroom!
I have been married for 4 years, and my husband and I have a passion for travel! We have been to over 30 countries and we absolutely love learning about new cultures, food, people, and just a different way of life. When we are not traveling, we love to spend time outside and time with our dog!
Alison Llewellyn - 1st Grade Teacher
My name is Alison Llewellyn, (pronounced loo-E-len; it’s Welsh), and this will be my first year at Leman Academy of Excellence. I am incredibly excited to be teaching first grade this coming 2019-2020 school year. Leman Academy’s mission and purpose is something that truly resonates with me and I am so happy to join our school.This will be my second year teaching. Last year I taught in a third grade classroom, and I also have teaching experience in a Pre-K classroom. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I greatly look forward to applying what I have learned for each scholar in the classroom and having fun learning together and getting to know each other.
I grew up in the wonderful state of Colorado and love exploring it more whenever I can by hiking, camping, skiing, and other outdoor adventures. When I’m not enjoying the great outdoors, I am probably reading a book or playing the piano. I live in Parker with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats, Caroline and Frederick.
Emily Bourgouin - 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Bourgouin (previously known as Ms. Martin) is a Southern California native, being born and raised in Chino Hills, CA, who moved to Parker last year. She graduated from the University of Redlands with two Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Business Management in 2017. She then continued on at the UofR, earning her Master’s in Learning and Teaching in 2018. She always knew she wanted to become a teacher.
Mrs. Bourgouin got married to her high school sweetheart in July, and they have a one year old dachshund, named Harper. They are building their dream house in Castle Rock, which is set to be completed in November.
She is thrilled to get to know you and your scholars this school year!
Kylanne Hart - 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Hart was born and raised in Denver. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She went on to pursue her Masters in Education from Regis University, where she graduated with honors in May 2016. Ms. Hart has been working in the education field for the last 8 years working in all areas from early childhood education to elementary school, and even teaching in Thailand. She enjoys traveling to new places, being outside in the Colorado sunshine, and enjoying time with family and friends. Ms. Hart is excited to join the Leman staff and build relationships with each scholar and their parents.
Melissa Lawver - 2nd Grade Teacher
Hello! I am Melissa Lawver, and I'm thrilled to join the Second Grade Team at Leman Academy of Excellence. This will be my seventh year of teaching. I have taught first grade and second grade at a public school and a private school. I love the enthusiasm for reading in second grade and I can’t wait to watch my scholars grow.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Colorado Teaching License. I truly enjoy learning new teaching strategies and implementing them in my classroom.
I live in Southeast Aurora with my husband, Terrence, and our 2 children, Brayden (6) and Kenzie (5). They both attend Leman Academy and I was so intrigued with the philosophy of Leman Academy, I knew I needed to be a bigger part of it, as a teacher.
As a family, we love going hiking, on bike rides, traveling to new places, and movie nights! When I have free time I enjoy reading, taking walks, and relaxing in the Colorado sunshine.
Elaine Bergmeier - 3rd Grade Teacher
Elaine Bergmeier graduated from The University of Wyoming in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education. She later achieved her Masters in Special Education in 2010 from Grand Canyon University. Elaine began her profession as an educator substitute teaching in the Denver metro area for a year, then ventured to Tucson, AZ in 2004 where she taught Third grade for three years in Vail School District. After three years in Tucson, she decided to move back home to Colorado and obtained a Fourth Grade teaching position in Denver Public Schools where she taught for 5 years and was the Fourth Grade team leader and intermediate instruction leader for four of those years. In 2012, she and her husband had their first son, and together they decided for Elaine to stay home. In 2014, their second son was born. Over the seven years since their first son was born, she tutored both at the Kumon Center in Castle Rock, as well as private tutoring. Their oldest son attended Leman Academy of Excellence as a first grader for the inaugural year. Now, both of their sons are scholars at Leman Academy of Excellence! We are excited as a family to be so invested in this school!
Elaine grew up in Centennial, CO. After venturing to Wyoming for college and Arizona for her first full time teaching experience, she decided to move back to Colorado to be around her immediate family. She lived in Denver, met and married her husband, and then moved to Castle Rock where they began their family. In 2017, they moved to Elizabeth, CO and have begun to build a little hobby farm. Elaine enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, skiing (two of us ski and two of us snowboard), and exploring with her family. She also enjoys gardening, reading, playing cards and board games.
Elaine is very excited to get back to her passion of classroom teaching, and couldn't be more thrilled to continue that adventure at Leman Academy of Excellence! She was attracted to Leman Academy because of the element of integrated learning and classical instruction that reaches the whole child, as well as the mission statement, philosophy, rigor, and collaborative teaching that will be within the school, and more importantly within the Third Grade team! She looks forward to partnering with you as your scholar begins or continues the classical education journey at Leman Academy of Excellence!
Ashley Faye - 3rd Grade Teacher
Jodi Hofman - 3rd Grade Teacher
Jodi Hofman has been an educator for 17 years. Beginning her career in California as a preschool music teacher she discovered her love and passion for teaching children. During this time she completed her Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Jodi continued her education while substitute teaching in Arizona and received her Elementary Education Certification. While Jodi has held several different positions in both public and private schools, her last position was as a second/third grade teacher at a private school in Greenwood Village.
Ms. Hofman is married and lives with her husband and their chocolate lab. In her free time, Jodi enjoys hiking, camping, and horseback riding.
Allison Jensen- 4th Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Allison Jensen and I am very excited to be a 4th grade teacher at Leman! I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher to inspire students that anything is possible. I was born and raised in Redlands, CA where I attended the University of Redlands and received my Bachelors in Communicative Disorders and Masters in Learning and Teaching. I worked as a speech-language pathology assistant in the schools from grades K-12 for 2 years. I was a substitute teacher for 2 years in grades K-8. I fulfilled my student teaching requirement as a 3rd grade teacher.
Outside of teaching I love spending time with my family on the Central Coast of CA in Morro Bay, traveling, and playing volleyball.
I can’t wait to be apart of the Leman team and create positive relationships with the scholars, parents, and staff!
Karen Mitchell - 4th Grade Teacher
Karen Mitchell was born and raised in the Chicago area. She earned her undergraduate teaching degree from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her Master's degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Mrs. Mitchell has taught preschool, 2nd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade, but her true passion is helping to shape the lives of 4th grade students. In her free time, Karen enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and traveling with her husband and two adult children. She loves being a part of the Leman Academy community!
Nicole Webb - 4th Grade Teacher
Nicole Webb was born in New York, but raised on the west coast in Northern California. She graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology with a minor in Management of Human Resources. She went on to obtain her Educator License from National University and then earned her Master of Science degree in Educational Technology Leadership from California State University, Hayward. She has been teaching for over 20 years (both in the private and public sectors) in the states of California, Texas, and Colorado.
Nicole challenges herself to be the best version possible of whom God created her to be by using her strengths and gifts fully in all areas of her life. Her motto: Live Simply. Laugh Often. Love Others.
Nicole is a lover of sunshine, the ocean, hiking, and puppy breath. She's a wife and a mom. She has a passion for life-long learning. And she has visions of one day becoming an author.
Both of her children attend Leman Academy and she loves being a part of the Leman Academy community - collaborating, walking alongside, and hopefully blessing all the scholars with whom she comes into contact.
Karilyn Surratt - 5th Grade Teacher
Tiffany Cox - 5th Grade Teacher
Learning has always been a strong drive in Mrs. Cox’s life. From a child she dreamed of being a teacher. She graduated with honors from high school and then went to Augsburg University in Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies and a B.A. in psychology.
After teaching a few years, she decided she wanted to move to the elementary level. Attending weekend college and summer school, Mrs. Cox earned another B.A. degree in elementary education and an additional teaching license.
She did not stop there.
Mrs. Cox continued her education at Bethel University’s graduate school in Minnesota, and earned her master’s degree in Teaching K-12. Mrs. Cox’s career has consisted of teaching in a variety of levels from high school on down to first grade, finding her “sweet spot” in upper elementary. In her 12+ years of teaching she has taught in public, charter, and private schools. She was also a stay-at-home mom to her five kids for twelve years. Mrs. Cox’s insatiable appetite for classical education has brought her to Leman.
Besides being an avid reader, Mrs. Cox enjoys working out, baking, and listening to a myriad of podcasts. She and her husband, their 5 kids, 18 chickens, 4 ducks, 2 turtles, bunny, fish, cat, and dog reside in Castle Rock. She is thrilled to be a part of Leman Academy.
Christina Mooney - 5th Grade Teacher
Hello Leman families and scholars! My name is Christina Mooney and I will be teaching second grade this year and I could not be more excited! Our school’s mission and purpose is something I am truly passionate about and I know as an educator I have finally found my “home” here at Leman.
I am a native to our town of Parker, and have been teaching here in Douglas County in various roles since completing my degree from Metropolitan State University in 2014. My husband and I have a beautiful three year old daughter and an equally as rambunctious white Labrador. In my spare time, I love spending as much quality time with my family as possible. We love this wonderful state and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. I also have a passion for photography and am building up my portfolio in my spare time.
That’s enough about me though! I cannot wait to get to know you and your scholars and start our classical adventure together this year!
Stacie Groves - Middle School Science Teacher
Stacie graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Human Growth and Development. She went on to obtain her Educator License from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She earned her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Literacy from Lesley University. Stacie has been teaching for over 15 years. She is very excited to be a part of Leman.
Stacie is married with 3 children. In her free time, she attends baseball games and gymnastics meets!
Roxanne Stasney - Middle School Math Teacher
I earned my M.A.T. from UNC in 2017 and a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin in 2010. I clearly love both math and science but am also passionate about history and the arts. I’ve always had a special connection to animals and nature, spending much of my life hiking, working with horses, helping run a family dog kennel, and working with rescued animals. In recent years, I’ve also become interested in nutrition and fitness.
Sean Mundt - Middle School English and Logic Teacher
Spencer Phillips - Middle School English and Logic Teacher
Spencer Phillips studied Philosophy at California Baptist University and received his Masters from St. John's College in Santa Fe. For the last 6 years Spencer has taught a wide amount of classes and grades ranging from 7th-12th grade and throughout the subjects: English, Philosophy, History and Logic. During these years, Spencer has focused on classical education and direct text teaching; while developing strong relationships with the students and encouraging a thirst to speak articulately, read attentively, reason effectively, and think creatively. While education is Spencer’s vocation, backpacking, cooking, and an occasional HGTV show helps for a well rounded lifestyle.
Jordan Towne - Middle School History Teacher
Jennifer (Jenny) Dinsmoor - Exceptional Scholar Services Director
I am beyond excited to join the Leman Academy team! Being born and raised in Estes Park, CO has instilled in me a strong sense of adventure, exploring and love of learning. This will be my 4th year teaching, and I am more passionate than ever to support our scholars who may have unique ways of learning and to ensure all of our students can access the incredible content and lifelong learning Leman Academy offers.
Outside of my professional life, I enjoy running, traveling and taking advantage of all that Colorado has to offer. Most of all, I love spending time with my little family-Jason, Aiden (our 1-year old), and Bernie (our Australian Shepherd). Family is everything and they are my world! I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.
Tammy Dale - Occupational Therapist
Rachel Jensen - Reading Intervention
Rachel is excited about the opportunity to guide scholars as an interventionist at Leman Academy of Excellence. Her love for education began in high school and continues today. She graduated from Metro State University in 1997 with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. After graduation, she spent a year in the Englewood Public School system before moving to California to be a missionary teacher in Wyatts California. She spent several years there before returning to Colorado in 2001 to start a family. Upon her return, she taught kindergarten in Colorado Springs for several years.
In 2007, Rachel began her eleven year journey at a private school in Parker teaching third grade. Her children attended the school as well, and thrived in the rigorous environment. Rachel taught several grade levels at the school before accepting the Reading Specialist position at the school in 2010 and the MTSS Coordinator position in 2017. She earned her Masters in Teaching with her Literacy Intervention Certification from Colorado College in 2014. She became a Certified Academic Language Therapist with ALTA and earned her Reading endorsement from the State of Colorado in 2015. She currently works at a private practice as a Literacy Therapist for children with dyslexia or other literacy disorders.
Rachel's passion is literacy! She believes her dual position at Leman will enable her to bring literacy to life before and after difficulties arise. Rachel is ecstatic about the philosophy and mission of Leman and is looking forward to partnering with students, families, and staff to make the Parker Leman campus a safe place to shine in the Parker community.
Beth Levine - Speech Pathologist
Arlene Myers - IEP Case Manager
Although this is my first year to be apart of Leman Academy Exceptional Scholar Services (ESS), I have 20 years of experience supporting special needs students and nine years directing children’s programming for a faith based organization. When you add raising three children to the mix, I’ve been hanging out with kids for most of my life!
I’ve lived in Colorado for the past 20 years (a transplant from Oregon) and absolutely love everything it has to offer! I love the sunshine, exploring the mountains, and spending time with my children and 5 grandchildren who also call Colorado home.
My current responsibilities involve collaborating with teachers and parents to create meaningful programming to support exceptional scholars in grades K-3. I feel blessed to be a part of LAE and I'm enjoying working alongside such a dedicated and professional team of administrators and teachers.
Susan Peary - Psychologist
Shelby Pfleiger - READ Act/Advanced Learner
Shelby Pfleiger has always had a passion and desire for education. Mrs. Pfleiger believes knowledge is power; she is a proud first generation high school, college, and graduate school graduate.
As an elementary student, she remembers striving to become just like her Aunt who was a Pre-School teacher. Throughout her elementary and secondary school years, she jumped at any opportunity to assist in her classroom. She studied to become a teacher, earning an Elementary Education degree, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Reading Specialist endorsement. She has served as an Outdoor Laboratory School leader, summer camp counselor, Sunday school teacher, tutor, Girl Scout troop leader, kindergarten teacher, first grade teacher, and literacy specialist.
Shelby is thrilled to coordinate the Advanced Learners program and Reading Intervention at Leman Academy this year!
She has been married to her husband, Regan, for seven years. They have one daughter, McKinley, and a goldendoodle, Waffles. When not chasing around her toddler, she enjoys practicing yoga, planning their next family adventure, baking, and cheering on the Broncos!
Tatianna Podhradsky - IEP Case Manager
I grew up in a small town in South Dakota and moved to Colorado in 2015 to start my career in education. Since moving here I have worked with exceptional scholars of all ages along with teaching 3rd and 4th grade in Aurora.
I also received a master's degree in Exceptional Learners at Colorado Mesa University. It's a privilege to continue supporting exceptional scholars here at Leman! I've been a dog foster for a few years with Animal Rescue of the Rockies and love helping dogs find a forever home. I enjoy spending my weekends cuddled up with my foster dog watching football games. Go Giants!
Merelee Syron-Whitcomb - Art Teacher
I love teaching Art! I have my degree from Georgian Court University in NJ. I have been teaching all grades for 10 years, including homeschool co-ops.
I am an artist myself, and I love it when I am able to teach students new techniques that make them proud of themselves. It is rewarding to have students that start out saying "I can't to it that good" to "Wow! This is way better than I thought I was capable of".
Sarah Keith - Music Teacher
Karli Gerber - Nurse
Mrs. Gerber is excited to be a part of the Leman Academy of Excellence team. She believes providing scholars with a safe and healthy environment will ultimately improve their attendance and academic performance. She received her BSN from South Dakota State University in 2005. She worked in the neonatal intensive care unit and later a triage nurse at an OBGYN clinic. Mrs. Gerber and her husband have two boys, one of which will start at Leman Academy of Excellence this year. She enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking with her family.
Theresa Worker - Health Assistant
I moved to Parker, Colorado 14 years ago after my husband and I were married. Two years after we were married we welcomed our daughter and two years after that we welcomed our son.
I am a Colorado native. Before moving to Parker, I attended The University of Northern Colorado, for both my undergraduate and my graduate degree.
I look forward to keeping your scholars healthy and happy at Leaman Academy!
Julie Seeley - Latin Teacher
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Julie Seeley graduated from Northwest Christian University with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and double minors in English as a Second Language and Spanish at the University of Oregon. Julie has taught Spanish, Latin, music (Suzuki Flute and Recorder), and ESL to preschoolers through adults. Her experience includes teaching positions in public, private, and community colleges. She has homeschooled her children using Classical Education for 10 years. This will be Julie's second year teaching Latin at Leman Academy of Excellence.
Mrs. Seeley has also worked with refugee adults and children and has trained various leaders to take on the teaching role within language programs. Julie has also developed curriculum for middle school language programs. Her favorite thing about being a Latin teacher at LAE is introducing scholars to the beauty of learning a new language as well as leading them to know about other cultures. Outside of the classroom Julie plays flute, goes hiking with her family, and cooks and eats delicious international food.
Suzy Uyeche - Latin & Spanish Teacher
K-2 Spanish, 3rd – 5th Grade Latin
Although Colorado is home, Suzy moved many times during her earlier years. She lived in both Mexico and Panama when she was young. Suzy graduated from the University of Colorado – Denver with a B.A. in Spanish. She home schooled her 4 children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. More recently, she taught beginning and intermediate Spanish at a charter high school in Parker and ESL to students online.At home, she loves to spend time with her family and her yellow Labrador, “Mo”. She can often be found outside pulling weeds or caring for the family’s goats and chickens. She also enjoys hiking and being in the mountains. Suzy is excited to teach at Leman Academy this year. She is very much looking forward to getting to know the scholars and their parents too.
Marcy Barrera - Physical Education
Marcy Barrera graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. She went on to be certified as a Clinical Laboratory Analyst, serving in that role until the birth of her first daughter in 2006. Marcy then began teaching on a part-time basis at a local private school in Colorado Springs. She passed on her love of science by teaching Biology, Life Science, and Anatomy and Physiology for several years. With the imminent arrival of daughter number three, Marcy set her teaching career aside to concentrate on her growing family.
The Barrera family soon relocated to the southwest portion of Colorado. Marcy served as the Children's Ministry Director for four years in the church which her husband, Al, pastored. During that time, she researched and implemented new curriculum, developed and trained teaching staff, and oversaw the broader vision of positively impacting the children of her community.
Marcy and Al have been married for 17 years. They have lived in Parker with their four daughters since 2015. Marcy spends her time enjoying her family, expressing her creativity through sewing, and baking all manner of delicious pastries and breads. She truly believes, "Butter makes everything better!" She finds joy in serving others through what she creates and she knows that life is best experienced, in the company of family and friends, around the dining room table.
Nancy Gustafson - Food Service Coordinator
Nancy is a Colorado native. Living in the Parker area for 30 years. Her and her husband have 3 children and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Nancy has worked in retail serving her regular customers for year. She loves going to the mountains, walking ang spending time with her friends.
Michelle Suparat - Lunch / Recess Monitor
Hello! My name is Michelle and I'm so excited to part of the Leman family!
I am originally from Minnesota/South Dakota, where I met my husband, Justin. (Fun fact: Justin is also a coach here at Leman. Go Vikings!) We have been married for 18 years and moved to Colorado in 2004. Together we are blessed to have SIX amazing children, ages 5 through 16.
Suffice it to say, I love children! Teaching has always been my passion. When we had our first child, I became a stay at home mom. I truly loved being at home with them, but teaching never left my radar! I taught Sunday School and VBS at church, and then started homeschooling our children for a few yars. Ironically, I was drawn to classical education and loved reading everything I could about Charlotte Mason. I developed a preschool program at Lifetime Fitness and also taught in-home preschool classes (18 mos-5 yrs) around the metro area.
Another fun fact: I toured Leman Academy 3 times before we enrolled. Each time I visited, I fell more in love with the staff, their philosophy and its culture. I knew I wanted to be a part of it - there is something truly special here!
My 4 youngest children now attend Leman Academy and my oldest 2 are in high school at Legend. I am currently in school to (finally) finish my teaching degree!
I am an Instructional Assistant, Recess/Lunch Monitor, Guest Teacher, Reading Intervention and everything in between. I truly love getting to know your kids and strive to make each scholar feel special and important in their own, unique way!
Christa Milby - Lunch Monitor
Courtney Atchley - Instructional Assistant
Amy Decker - Instructional Assistant
Emily Lechey - Instructional Assistant
Skylar Lippold - Instructional Assistant
Brenda Maciejewski - Instructional Assistant and Middle School Study Hall Monitor
Hello. I'm Brenda Maciejewski i was born in Phoenix Az and moved to Parker 25 years ago. I married the man of my dreams and we have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. My older children are married and i have 4 beautiful grand daughters. I love to take group fitness classes and can be found at lifetime in Parker on most days. We are a military family with my husband being an Army veteran and member of the American Legion. My sons are Marines and my youngest is still serving. My passion for years has been to teach young children and I'm doing exactly what I love.
Kirstin Sayer - Homeschool Enrichment Coordinator
Kirstin Sayer has always had a great desire to learn and then to share that knowledge with others. Her first job was teaching swimming lessons, and that continued throughout high school and college. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, she worked in a medical research laboratory for a short time. Realizing her passion in life involved interfacing with people, Kirstin started her own private music studio, offering classical piano instruction. She married, had two children, and the decision was made to try homeschooling. Fifteen years and two high school graduates later, the homeschool experiment was counted a success. During those years, Kirstin experienced the joy of working as the Children’s Pastor at her church. She also took and taught tae kwon do, earning a third degree black belt, specializing in bullying prevention and self-defense. With both children launched, Kirstin began private tutoring, embracing the opportunity to work one-on-one with students and helping them find confidence and success in academics. And now, Kirstin could not be happier to be a part of Leman Academy of Excellence and the unique opportunities it offers to our community. When she is not teaching, you can find her off-roading with her husband in the mountains, playing with her three dogs, reading a good book, or taking a nice, long walk.