Our Staff

Parker, Colorado

DENNIS O’REILLY – Head of Schools

Dennis O’ReillyDennis O’Reilly started working with young people as a volunteer junior high basketball coach and has been in education working with young people since 1990, getting his start as a middle school math teacher. Mr. O’Reilly has been in administration since 1999 serving in a variety of capacities: Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant to the Principal, Principal, and Head of Schools at three different private schools in Tucson, Arizona; he was able to earn his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Chapman University.

Mr. O’Reilly has been married to his beautiful bride Krissy since the spring of 1999, and has two teenage kids in high school, Conner and Adeline, who both graduated from Marana Leman Academy.



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.


Jennifer Dinsmoor – Vice PRINCIPAL 5th - 8th

Jennifer started her career in education as an Exceptional Scholar Services teacher. With a particular passion for history and writing, she discovered that Leman Academy of Excellence combines powerful methods and rich curriculum in a way that is both approachable and has stood the test of time. She is driven by experiencing firsthand how our mission can transform lives, and loves serving alongside the community of scholars, educators, staff and families.

Jennifer loves spending time with her family, going on nature walks (hopefully to become longer hikes as Aiden gets older), and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.


Sean Mundt - Assistant to the Principal

Hi! My name is Sean Mundt and I am thrilled to be at Leman Academy of Excellence. I'm here to help each and every scholar become successful in doing that. I grew up here in Parker and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Elementary Education.

I enjoy running and spending time with family and friends. My wife Holly and I have two beautiful girls, and we also have two dogs. I'm a lifelong learner and so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community.



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 is looking forward to building relationships with the Leman community in the years to come.

Starla loves spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She also enjoys hiking, building furniture, and building/remodeling homes.


Mary Allington - Admin. Asst.








Joy Estby - Admin. Asst.








Mineko (Dee) Zeidlhack - Front Office








Sarah Frederick - Kinder Teacher

Hi! I am Sarah Frederick and I'm thrilled to be on the Kindergarten Team at Leman Academy of Excellence. I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and I just completed my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University. Ever since I was in fourth grade I wanted to be a teacher. Once I accepted my first teaching job in Early Childhood Education I knew I was meant to be a teacher. That’s when I decided to continue with my schooling and earn my Master’s Degree.

I was born and raised in Parker Colorado. I absolutely love it here. I am an avid snowboarder and when it is not winter I enjoy being outdoors. I also have a soft spot in my heart for animals. I currently have chickens, dogs, a cat, a turtle and even a pet snail.


Gabrielle Jepkes - Kinder Teacher

Hi! My name is Gabrielle and I am so excited to join the 5th-grade team this year at Leman!

I am a Colorado native and have always wanted to be a teacher. I attended Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Education. I worked in a preschool classroom throughout college and knew that my career path would lead me to teaching in an elementary school! I moved back to Denver a few years after I graduated college and began my working journey that led me to this new position!

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and my dog. I enjoy hiking, reading, traveling and just enjoying life! I look forward to this school year and immersing myself in all that Leman has to offer!


Melissa Lawver - Kinder Teacher

Hello! I am Melissa Lawver and I am so excited to join the Kindergarten team this year. I have been teaching first and second grade for 9 years and this is my third year at Leman Academy of Excellence. I am most excited to see the joy and love of learning in my Kindergarten scholars.

I received my degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, then I completed an early childhood teaching program at Metro State in Denver. I have always had a passion for teaching young learners and I love the community we have here at Leman Academy.

My husband and I have 2 children who attend Leman, Brayden in third grade and Kenzie in second grade. We have 2 lab dogs at home, Bella and Izzy. I love to travel, cook, read, and spend time with my family.


Janea Lynch - Kinder Teacher








Elizabeth Wilson - Half Day Kinder Teacher

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 also hold a Culturally, Linguistically Diverse K-12 Endorsement (CLDE).

As a highly qualified teacher, my primary teaching experiences include positions as a Homeroom Kindergarten Teacher, a CLD Coordinator, Administrator and ESL Support Teacher. Other positions include: 504 Coordinator, 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.


Lisa Escude - 1st Grade Teacher

Ms Escude is both proud and humbled to say she has been an educator for over 33 years. Ms. Escude is from Littleton, Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her career in Texas and over the years her educational journey led her to places such as Ramstein Elementary School in Germany. Ms. Escude is very excited to continue her journey at Leman Academy of Excellence and looks forward to serving the scholars, families, and community.

Ms. Escude has one daughter and a most lovable dog,named Gus. Ms. Escude enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her family here in Parker.


Kimberly Huntley - 1st Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Kimberly Huntley and I am so excited to be teaching first grade at Leman Academy of Excellence. First grade is such a magical year and I love seeing my scholars enjoy becoming lifelong learners.   I am originally from the Atlanta, Georgia area and still enjoy all things southern, especially sweet tea. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  This year will be my 23rd year teaching and I still love it as much as my first year. My husband, Michael, grew up in Colorado and attended The Air Force Academy. We have two children, Adam and Rachel and we also have two dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading good books and taking long walks to enjoy the mountains. My family also has the privilege of sponsoring cadets from the Air Force Academy.


Robin Martinez - 1st Grade Teacher

Greetings! I am thrilled to say this is my 17th year teaching elementary students. I am a native of Denver, Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading. I began my teaching career at a gifted and talented school in Greenwood Village, Colorado. I taught 13 years there until the school permanently closed their doors. I moved on to a private Jewish school for two years and then one year in a public school before moving to Leman.

I have two children, a son that is a junior at the University of Kansas and is currently studying abroad in Germany, and a daughter that is a senior at Regis Jesuit High School soon to graduate with honors and then start her college career as a pre-med student. Outside of school, I enjoy skiing; camping; watching movies; playing games; traveling around the world; reading; and spending time with my family, friends, and my mini Australian Shepherd.

I absolutely love teaching, especially first graders. I enjoy inspiring scholars to learn and strive for their goals! I feel honored to be teaching at Leman because every scholar is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere in which to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially. My scholars will combine the importance of learning with the value of strong character to become a contributor in all areas of their lives.


Kahala Sparks - 1st Grade Teacher








Dana Troup - 1st Grade Teacher








Emily Bourgouin - 2nd Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Mrs. Bourgouin, and I am a Southern California native, being born and raised in Chino Hills, CA. I moved to Parker, Colorado almost 4 years ago. In 2017, graduated from the University of Redlands with two Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Business Management. Then, I continued on at the UofR, earning my Master’s in Learning and Teaching in 2018. I have known I wanted to become a teacher since the 2nd grade. This is my 3rd year teaching Second Grade and 4th year teaching at Leman Academy!

I married my high school sweetheart in July of 2019, Curtis, and we have a three-year-old dachshund, named Harper. We live in Castle Rock and my mom and sister (Miss Martin) currently live with us. I am thrilled to get to know you and your scholars this school year!


Lanae Harney - 2nd Grade Teacher








Nicole Lamb - 2nd Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Nicole Lamb. This is my third year teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence, and I love 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, and first grade which I adored, but second grade is definitely my home and I love it!

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 Master's​​ in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.

I have been married for 6 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 dogs! We have a new addition coming this year and we are excited to be first-time parents to our little girl!


Jenna Weiand - 2nd Grade Teacher

Welcome! My name is Mrs. Jenna Weiand! This is my first year teaching at Leman Academy and I’m so excited to be working with you and your scholar! I’ve been teaching for 5 years working primarily in grades 1-3. I live on the outskirts of Parker with my husband, our two boys (newborn & 6 years old), two dogs, three horses, one cat and a turtle! I grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Valley City State University in North Dakota in 2016. I love to go fishing, play games with my family, and craft when I have the time!

This year is going to be so fun and I can’t wait to get to know you!

Katelyn Wright - 2nd Grade Teacher

Hello, My name is Katelyn Wright. I am excited to be at Leman Academy of Excellence. I previously taught 3rd grade. I attended Colorado Christian University and have a bachelor's ​degree ​in elementary education.

I grew up in Parker, Colorado. I love to spend time hiking or snowboarding in the mountains with my family. I look forward to working with you and your scholars this year!


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. She later moved back home to Colorado and taught Fourth Grade in Denver Public Schools for 5 years, and was the team lead and intermediate instructional leader.

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. While staying home with her boys, Elaine tutored both at the Kumon Center in Castle Rock and conducted private tutoring. In 2018, Their oldest son attended Leman Academy of Excellence as a first grader. One year later, their second son began attending as a Kindergartener, and Elaine began teaching Third Grade. Elaine and her family are so invested in Leman Academy and were first drawn to the school because of the element of integrated learning, morals, and classical instruction that reaches the whole child.

Elaine grew up in Centennial, CO, where her parents still live. She and her family and several pets live in Elizabeth, CO. Elaine enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, skiing (family snowboards), and exploring with her family. She also enjoys gardening, reading, watching movies, playing cards and board games.


Sonia Chizzo - 3rd Grade Teacher









Elizabeth Powell - 3rd Grade Teacher









Andrea Pair (Trujillo) - 3rd Grade Teacher









Judith Murphy - 3rd Grade Teacher

Judy is delighted to be a member of Leman Academy of Excellence. She received her Bachelors in Special Education from Illinois State University and worked for several years in an Early Childhood Special Education Classroom. She later took a position teaching in a Kindergarten through 5th-grade self-contained classroom for students with emotional difficulties.  She received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.  She took time off from teaching in the classroom to home school her seven children using the classical education model.  During this time she enjoyed using her teaching skills to teach science and language classes for home school co-ops.  For the past three years while homeschooling she has also been a tutor and SAT/ACT Prep teacher at Huntington Learning Center in Parker.  

When Judy is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and seven children, four cats, two dogs and two guinea pigs.  She lives in a very active household and enjoys spending her quiet time reading and developing her skills in painting with oils, watercolor and acrylic paints.  Judy loves the great literature and rich curriculum used at Leman and the emphasis on Art and Music.  She looks forward to meeting and working with scholars at Leman.


Crystal Connelly - 4th Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Crystal Connelly and I am so excited to be a part of Leman Academy. I was born and raised in Illinois and recently moved here to beautiful Colorado. I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2019 where I earned my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. During my time there, I had the opportunity to complete my year long student teaching experience in a 4th grade classroom. I’m so happy to continue growing as an educator with the rest of the 4th grade team at Leman.

Whenever I have time, I love to travel, spend time outdoors, and watch movies.

I can’t wait to build positive relationships with the students, parents, and staff to help our scholars reach their full potential!


Danielle DeVasConCellos - 4th Grade Teacher









Alison Llewellyn - 4th Grade Teacher

My name is Alison Llewellyn, (pronounced loo-WELL-len; it’s Welsh), and I am incredibly excited to be teaching first grade again this coming school year. Leman Academy’s mission and purpose is something that truly resonates with me. I am so happy to pour out my energy into our school. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education. In my first two years of teaching, I taught in a Pre-K classroom and later in a third grade classroom. Since then, I have been teaching first grade here at Leman Academy.

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 Aurora with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats, Caroline and Frederick.


Elise Martin - 4th Grade Teacher

Welcome to the 4th grade! My name is Miss Martin. I graduated cum laude this past May from California State University, Long Beach with my bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. Since I was little, I knew I was born to be a teacher! I have both an older and younger sister who are also my best friends. I have two precious dogs, Sophie and Peyton back home in California. I enjoy playing sports and learning about all subjects, particularly history!


Kara Schubert - 4th Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Kara Schubert and I am thrilled to be a part of Leman Academy’s 4th-grade team! I graduated in 2015 from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. I’ve known my entire life that I wanted to work with children in one facet or another. I was heading toward entering social work when I landed my first teaching job and it changed the course of my life. Teaching is where I belong and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

I was a military child and have lived all over the United States but I claim Georgia as my “home.” My husband is also in the military and this is our 3rd duty station together. We have 3 beautiful children and moved here from Texas late last year. The Colorado scenery and cooler weather have been a welcomed change!

During our downtime, we are often traveling to see family in Virginia or Georgia. While at home, the kids spend a lot of time at Taekwondo practice and football during the fall. We love spending time as a family playing board and card games, finding fun things to do outdoors, and having movie marathons.

I cannot wait to meet the 4th-grade scholars and start our adventure together!


Jenna Cappello - 5th grade teacher

I moved to Colorado from Southern California when I was 10 years old. Other than a brief stint back in California during graduate school, I have lived in Colorado ever since. I grew up in Fort Collins and attended Colorado State University. After achieving my bachelors degree in Health and Exercise Science, I pursued a masters degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. This led to my previous career as a PA in Orthopedic Surgery. After becoming a mother, I stepped away from that career to be home with my two daughters. While at home, I began volunteering at my daughters’ elementary school which quickly led to K-12 substitute teaching and long-term substitute teaching for several years until I decided to pursue a full-time teaching career.

This will be my 8th year in education and 2nd year teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence and I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade this year! I’ve always had a passion for knowledge and learning - I can remember the many educators that changed the trajectory of my life in one way or another and sparked my love of learning. It is because of their spirit that I, too, now enjoy fostering a love of learning in the scholars I teach and building relationships with them.

Outside of work, I enjoy family time, being active outside, lifting weights, traveling, trying new restaurants, cheering on my daughters’ at their sporting events, movies, and hanging with my Goldendoodle, Ruger.

I’m so honored to be part of the Leman staff and can’t wait to instill the love of learning in your scholar!


Elie Dufour - 5th Grade Teacher

Elie Dufour discovered his passion for education in University when he was offered unique experiences to teach. Ever since then, Elie has worked in a variety of educational settings ranging from after-school tutoring programs, resume building services, and working with the at risk youth of Denver.

Elie is passionate about ensuring scholar’s are equipped with the mindset, tools, and care which will produce life-long learners who are confident in who they are as persons and who will produce work marked with excellence and integrity.

In addition to education, Elie is passionate about running, philosophical conversations, quality stories and a self proclaimed huge nerd about all things Star Wars.


Kimberly Mohr - 5th Grade Teacher

My teaching journey began living in Germany as a home school parent. Charlotte Mason was our inspiration for educating the whole child and our eclectic curriculum was alive with the world around us. We traveled Europe, mostly by train, for seven years integrating learning lessons in cultural diversity, language, history, theater, and museums. In the classroom we used Saxon Math and a reading progression through Bob Books, McGuffy Readers, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Treasure Island, and more.

My son grew with a love for learning and owned it. He attended college in Greeley, Colorado. Meanwhile, I enrolled with Grand Canyon University for a M. Ed. in Elementary Education.During this time, I taught grades K-5 as a guest teacher and long-term substitute in Florida’s public schools from 2019 - 2022.

I arrived in sunny Colorado (which shines just as bright as Florida) on July 5 th , 2022. From day one with Leman Academy of Excellence, I have to say they are doing a genuine, classical education right by parents, scholars, their future, and this community. I wholeheartedly support their mission and confident I will thrive as your teacher with Leman Academy of Excellence.



Michelle Suparat - 5th Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Michelle Suparat and I am so honored and blessed to be part of the Leman family!

My husband and I both come from the Midwest and have six children together - ranging from ages 8 to 19. My younger ones attend Leman and my older ones go to Legend high school. My oldest son is currently serving in the Army!

I received my Bachelors degree in Educational Studies for Elementary Education and have been in the education field for many years in a variety of roles. I have started a PreK/K program, been a traveling preschool/kindergarten teacher, a music teacher, subbed in classrooms K-8 and even homeschooled our children for a few years using a Charlotte Mason-inspired program.

I stepped into the role of Guest Teacher at Leman and then found my perfect home in 5th grade. I shepherd my classroom like a family, nurturing scholars with a balance of high expectations and love. My favorite aspects of Leman are the rich Literature, the whole-child approach and the Charlotte Mason/classical curriculum.

I look forward to partnering with families for another amazing year of classical learning!


Karilyn Surratt - Long Term sub








Sara Borisov - Middle School ELA

Words cannot express how excited I am to begin collaborating with the scholars, parents and staff of Leman Academy of Excellence. From my first conversations with the administration, I finally felt 'home' within a community that fosters excellence in character and education. I earned a bachelor's degree in Technical Communications from Missouri State University, a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctoral degree in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. Having worked with many grade levels, from kindergarten, to most recently junior-level English and AP Language and Composition in high school, I am thrilled to be back teaching my 'first love': 6th grade English. I taught both 6th and 7th-grade honors English in St. Louis for several years, then had the unique experience of 'looping' with my middle school students in Gardner, Kansas from 6th, to 7th, to 8th grade. My last two years of education have been in the high school classroom. Additionally, I teach both undergraduate and graduate college courses for Ottawa University which include ESL Instruction, Ethics, and Inclusion.

It has been a long-term goal of our family to move to Colorado, and our dream was realized this summer when my husband's company offered us the opportunity to move to the Denver area. We are excited to settle into our new home within the Parker community in the coming months. I hope to have the opportunity to meet each of you in the coming days, weeks, and months, and look forward to a collaborative relationship with you and your scholar.


Elizabeth Doyle - 6th Grade teacher









William Dunn - Middle School History teacher









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!


Benjamin Knopf - 6th-8th grade Science & 7th grade Math teacher









Katie Krock - Middle School Math Teacher

Hello, my name is Katie Krock and I am so excited to join Leman Academy of Excellence as a 5th-grade teacher this year!

I grew up in Washington State but moved to Florida in high school. It was too muggy for me there, so after two years, I moved back to Washington for college. I knew from early on that I wanted to be a teacher, the only question I had was which subject. I ended up as a math major and can now teach elementary school as well as any grade-level mathematics. After graduation, I decided to move back toward my family who had moved to Colorado during my time at college. That is how I ended up in this wonderful little area.

I am the second-oldest of eight siblings and have three dogs living with me right now. In my spare time, I love reading, doing puzzles, art, and long walks with my pups. I travel when I can and spend as much time with my family as possible.

Last year was a bit of a hiccup and I was a Spanish teacher at Mesa Middle School, but I wouldn’t trade the experience I got there for anything. This year I am beyond blessed to be teaching as a 5th-grade teacher at Leman Academy of Excellence!


Aaron Lyman - Middle School ELA Teacher










Emily graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Civilization. Much like Leman Academy, her undergraduate degree followed the classical education model of studying a range of subjects from language and literature to history, politics, religion, science, medicine, and art. She later earned her Master’s degree from Colorado Christian University in Curriculum and Instruction with high honors.

She has 8+ years of experience teaching in a variety of environments, including traditional, one-to-one iPads, fully online, blended, private, and public schools. As well as teaching High School English (9-12) and Middle School History and English.
She loves to be involved in school activities, sports, and culture. She is an avid believer in learning something new every day.

Outside of school, Emily enjoys camping and spending time with her husband, 2 children, and their 100lb yellow lab. She also enjoys reading young adult fiction/fantasy, planning and decorating in her planners, and listening to teacher podcasts and YouTube vloggers.


Denise Pfeffer - Middle School Math teacher








Julie Seeley - Middle School Latin Teacher

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Julie Seeley graduated from Northwest Christian University with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies, with additional degrees in Spanish and TESOL from the University of Oregon.  Julie has several years of experience in teaching world languages.  Her experience includes teaching positions in public and private K-12 schools, along with various positions at community colleges.

Mrs. Seeley has also worked with refugee adults and children in newly developed refugee programs and training various leaders to take on the teaching role within language programs.  Julie has also developed a 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 more about other cultures, and our own.  Outside of the classroom Julie plays flute, goes hiking with her family, and cooks and eats delicious international food.


Jordan wanted to be a teacher since he was in 4th grade. After studying history and philosophy at CU Boulder, he wanted to put that theory to the test. As a result, he traveled to Santiago, Chile and taught English there for a year to business professionals. Sure that this was his ideal career path, he began a Masters in Education program at Regis and before he knew it, was teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence! Teaching here has been everything he could have hoped for and Jordan loves to help scholars achieve independent and critical thinking and believes that history is the cherry on top of a rich classical education. Jordan is originally from Nebraska but has been in Colorado long enough to nearly forget that fact and grew up in Castle Rock. In his spare time, you'll mostly find him reading historical fiction or playing ice hockey. He is a huge fan of the Colorado Avalanche.


Alicia Carroll - Language pathologist

Alicia is thrilled to be joining the ESS team at Leman Academy! After working in public schools for the last 10 years, she is very excited to support scholars in their journey through classical education. She has been interested in Leman Academy since she started exploring options of where to send her son for Kindergarten. When she found Leman she fell in love with their classical approach to learning, their mission and philosophies, and that the school is founded on the brilliance of Dr. Leman, who has helped shape her and her husband’s parenting style. 

Communication is her passion and she loves working with a wide variety of scholars in order to give them a voice. She is originally from California where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Communicative Disorders from Cal State Fullerton. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Cal State Northridge. While in college she worked as an ABA therapist and comes with extensive experience with children with autism. She worked as an SLP in an elementary school in California for 6 years then in an early childhood program here in Colorado for the last 4 years. 

Alicia has been married for 11 years and has a son and a daughter. Her son will be starting Kindergarten this year and she is ecstatic that she gets to be both a parent and SLP at Leman. When she is not working, Alicia could be found spending time with her family and their dog. She enjoys camping, hiking, paddle boarding, biking, snowboarding, and pretty much anything outside! 


Jennifer D'Souza - ESS Instructional Assistant

My name is Jennifer D’Souza, I am very excited to join Leman Academy and the ESS team!   I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BS in Elementary Education. I am looking forward to working with all the exceptional scholars at Leman.   Prior to joining Leman, I taught Pre-K in Highlands Ranch for 5 years.  I also enjoyed coaching my boys in their various sports over the years.   I find great joy in working with scholars of all ages and helping them develop a love of learning.   

My husband, and I have 3 amazing boys 14, 12, & 10.  They keep us very busy with all of their individual sports schedules.  You can find us on soccer fields, flag football fields, baseball diamonds and at Cross Country meets most evenings and weekends.  We LOVE all that Colorado has to offer and if not at sporting events, we can be found hiking and skiing.  

I look forward to making lasting relationships with the scholars and their families over the course of the school year.  


Jane Ewoniuk - Occupational Therapist

Jane is in her 20th year as an occupational therapist, with most of her time as a school-based therapist. She is in her first year at Leman and enjoys working with the creative and innovative special services team. She also works part-time in the Greeley school district, as well as a program assistant to the PhD in Health Sciences and Post-Professional OTD programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

She has written and oversees the school-based best practice certificate program at RMUoHP and is working to complete her Health Educators certificate. In her free time, Jane enjoys being with her three children and husband and spending time at her parent's cabin in Wyoming.Jane H. Ewoniuk, DSc, MOT, OTR/L


Ashley Faye - Intervention/504/ALP coordinator

Classical education has been a foundation throughout my life! Being brought up with a classical education and with the principles of Love and Logic, my model of thinking and teaching fit amiably with Leman Academy’s mission and their vision for tomorrow’s leaders. Charlotte Mason’s methodologies and Dr. Leman’s family philosophies are a reflection of how I’ve taught in other schools as well as how I’ve raised my own daughter. Having the opportunity to live out these worthy and true principles alongside ‘adults becoming’ is nothing less than rewarding and inspiring! Diving deep into the literary themes of texts and analyzing the intriguing characters throughout history and engaging in respectful discourse are among my favorite activities to pursue with scholars.

Having a background in early education and administration and tutoring scholars in middle school and high school, my understanding of the development of a child is heightened and aids me in guiding children academically and socially emotionally through their educational career!

Being a native to this beautiful state, my family and I thoroughly enjoy taking advantage of the adventures it offers such as camping, hiking, biking, and skiing. We are an ever-moving family with horses and dogs, who are the center of our lives!


Angela Fontanelli -ESS

Angela is very excited to join Leman Academy of Excellence and work with the Exceptional Student Service team. She began her work in elementary education after serving as a DOD instructor to soldiers and Marines. She loved teaching and has a passion for children, so she transitioned to elementary instruction. First working for a district school in Arizona in a self-contained special needs classroom, she then transitioned to an Arizona charter school as an instructional aide for third grade. Angela
completed her BS in Elementary Education Interdisciplinary Studies through Liberty University in 2016.
Upon completion of her degree, she went on to teach first grade as part of an English immersion school in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. While there, Angela pursued a master’s degree (MAT) in both elementary and special education. She completed this in 2018. Angela spent time living in Costa Rica and served as the 1-3 grade teacher while there.

Aside from teaching, Angela enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She is active in kickboxing, loves reading and continues to take Spanish classes in the hopes of moving from understanding to fluency.


Olga Griffiths - Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Specialist








KYLANNE HART - Mental Health

Hi! My name is Kylanne Hart, and I have been with Leman from the start as a 2nd Grade teacher but am excited to be in a different role this year. I will be providing targeted instruction for scholars in grades 3-5. I will also be working with our School Psychologist. I love teaching more than I thought possible because of the model we follow at Leman. Our curriculum is truly so special, and I look forward to working with scholars to grow their own love for learning.

I have my BA in Psychology, MA in Education, and am currently working on my Ed.S in School Psychology. I love the opportunity to help all scholars succeed in school. This year, I will be focusing on just that! I am a Colorado native and appreciate this beautiful place more and more every year. I love to travel, even if it’s just to a new restaurant ;) I enjoy reading and being outside in my spare time.

My favorite thing about our curriculum is our focus on values and virtues. I think teaching the whole child is critical to education. It is one of the things that drew me here, and one of the MANY things that have kept me here. I am looking forward to an amazing year!



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.


Natasha Kenton - ESS

Hi there! My name is Natasha Kenton and this fall I am entering my 7th year teaching. This is my first year teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence. The past 6 years, I have taught scholars with significant needs at the middle school level. I am so excited to work with scholars at the elementary level this year. I take pride in building close relationships with scholars and their families. I love supporting scholars both inside and outside of school. Seeing the smiles on their faces every day brings me such joy and warms my heart. I'm looking forward to a great school year!

I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and received my bachelor's degree in Recreation and Sports Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University in 2008. I worked in retail for 4 years before moving to Colorado. After I made the trek out west, I decided to go back to school to receive my Master's in Teaching from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

My husband and I have been married for 3 years and live in Castle Rock. Whenever we get the opportunity, we love escaping to the mountains, Estes Park specifically (where we were married), to get outside, hike and enjoy the beauty that Colorado has to offer. We also travel quite often to spend time with family in Virginia and South Dakota.


Melissa Langtry - ESS








Elizabeth Levine - ESS Speech/language pathologist

Beth grew up in Ohio where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology at Miami University (Ohio) and earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Toledo.  She has been an SLP since 2006, having spent the majority of her time as an SLP in the school setting.  She also has experience in early intervention, the clinic setting, and a background in assistive technology.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Shawn, a Colorado native, and two young daughters.


Micaela Manchester - Mental Health








Susan Peary -ESS Psychologist

Sue is excited to be a part of the Leman team! Her passion has always been to support the emotional needs of children and with that vision, she obtained a Master’s degree in Child Clinical Psychology from George Mason University and an additional endorsement in School Psychology from the University of Colorado. Sue has worked as a school psychologist for over 30 years in a variety of settings and with a multitude of age groups. While she has lived in several states, Sue considers Colorado to be “home” and appreciates the beauty, adventures, (and the terrific sunshine) that this state offers.

When Sue is not working, you will find her spending time with her husband, as well as their three children and four grandchildren. She looks forward to meeting you and is always willing to brainstorm ways to help each child thrive and be emotionally ready to learn.



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!


Lisa Stackley - Interventionist








Maria Van Noordt - ESS IA








Suhasini Adabala - Middle School ART TEACHER

Hi! I am Suhasini Adabala. I am very excited to be teaching Art at Leman academy of excellence. I am an artist and I love creating art. I am inspired by everything that I see in nature and love to learn from all the different cultures and I like to depict that in my artworks. My passion is to teach and share the joy of making art with all my scholars. I attended the College of Fine arts, Bangalore University, India, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Arts. I then got my graduate degree, Master of Visual Arts in Studio Arts specializing in painting. I am pursuing my second Master's degree in education from Western Colorado University.

I have been living in Colorado for ten years with my loving husband Srikanth and our two children. Sabhya is six and attends first grade here at Leman. Swara is two and goes to preschool. We as a family love to go on hikes and cook together.




My name is Pamela Casagrande and this is my 11th year of teaching, but my first at Leman Academy of Excellence. I'm originally from St. Louis, and attended New York University, where I received my undergraduate degree in Art History and Studio Art. I then obtained my graduate degree in Elementary education from Brooklyn College. I started my teaching career as a 4th-grade teacher, then began teaching my passion, art. After living in New York for 15 years, my husband and I decided to move to Colorado last year. I have two beautiful girls at home, Emmy, who is one, and Ellie, who is five and attends kindergarten here at Leman. I love being both a parent and teacher; it's a unique and rewarding experience.


Nathan Jensen - Middle School music Teacher

Hello! (said in a low, but excited bass voice) I am Nathan Jensen, one of the Music Teachers. Music has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember, especially since I come from a musical family. I began piano lessons at the age of six, handbells once I could see over the table, trumpet in fifth grade, and have always sung.

In high school, I was heavily involved in music including honor choirs and competitions where I was lucky enough to win various awards. I received my Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 field endorsement and Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance degrees from Hastings College. While there, I performed in nearly every ensemble offered, from the college choir, Hastings Symphony Orchestra, band, handbell choir, to an a cappella group. I continued my education at the University of Northern Colorado, receiving a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance with an emphasis in opera. So far, I have performed in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and around the United States. I love that my career allows me to combine performing and teaching.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Anna. We enjoy being outdoors, playing board games, watching good TV shows, snuggling with our cats, and visiting our families and friends. I am thrilled to be at the Leman Academy of Excellence!


Stephanie Petrie - music Teacher

Hi! I’m Stephanie Petrie and I am so blessed to be teaching Grammar School Music! This is my​ ​second year teaching general classroom music, but my Leman journey began when the school​ ​opened in 2018 teaching band and orchestra every day after school. The scholars, parents and​ ​administration have always made Leman feel like “home” to me and my family.​ ​Music has been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. Growing up in Connecticut, I​ ​was very fortunate to have been able to study music under the best teachers who have left a​ ​lasting impact on me. My high school years led me on many journeys through music, athletics​ ​and an unwavering love of weather. After receiving numerous prestigious awards and​ ​scholarships for flute performance I took the music path, majoring in Music Education with a​ ​Special Education minor at the University of Connecticut (but only after I was told by another​ ​university that I could NOT double major in music and meteorology). I couldn’t shake the​ ​feeling that I wanted to use music as a therapeutic intervention for all those in need. Realizing​ ​that my love of music reached farther than teaching children, I made the decision to continue​ ​my studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, completing a rigorous dual Bachelor’s degree​ ​program in Music Education and Music Therapy.

As a music therapist, I have had the pleasure of making music with a wide variety of wonderful​ ​people including children with special needs, in-home special services, assisted living facilities,​ ​group homes and residential psychiatric hospitals. I have taught private students from ages 3 –​ ​96 (yes, you read that right), and general/instrumental music in elementary, middle and high​ ​schools in Massachusetts and Colorado. Most recently I was the music director at PEPC Early​ ​Learning Center where I brought the joy of music to children 6 weeks – 5 years old in their​ ​classrooms and on stage for various Christmas programs, graduations and other special events.

I am married to my fun-loving and amazing husband Michael. We two children, Bentley who is​ ​in 3rd grade at Leman and Ivy who is in her last year of preschool. We love rescue animals​ ​including our two dogs and three cats. I am also a certified weather spotter for the National​ ​Weather Service, as I can’t give up my love of weather! We are an outdoors family who enjoys​ ​hiking, camping, archery, fishing, paddle boarding, mountain biking, snowboarding and​ ​snowshoeing in the mountains whenever we can.


Valerie Mcpheeters - Health Room Assistant

I’m a Colorado native that grew up in Castle Rock before moving to the Denver Tech Center. I attended the University of Northern Colorado where I graduated with a double Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology and Human Rehabilitative Services. After meeting my husband, we moved back down to Castle Pines where we are raising our two kiddos. (9 and 12).

I previously worked in retirement homes until I had my second child and was fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom with them for several years. for the last 9 years. I continue to teach dance fitness down in Castle Rock to all ages a couple of times a week, which I adore! I am thrilled to be here at Leman Academy and look forward to getting to know your scholars and keeping them happy and healthy!


Jacenta Wirth - Nurse

Jacenta Wirth started working with students in 2006 as an intern athletic administrator and high school coach while completing her Masters of Education degree at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she continued to be involved with mentoring and coaching youth athletes, but her strong desire to help others prompted her to return to school to earn a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2013. Jacenta’s nursing experience includes an in-hospital step-down unit, home health care and a cardiac clinic before finally getting a lifetime opportunity to combine her love for both children and nursing together as the school nurse for Leman Academy. Jacenta continues to coach track and field for Colorado Elite Track Club where she mentors youth athletes with hopes of competing at the collegiate level. Jacenta has been married to her husband Zach since 2012 and together they have 4 children, Treyton, Brecken, Signe, and Zaylie.


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!


Myrna Baldwin - K-5 Language Teacher








shaun d'arcy - PE/Athletic Director

I am originally from Liverpool, England and have lived in Parker for the past 11 years ever since I married my wife with whom we have two children together. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). I was also recently certified as a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) in June 2020. I have worked with children of all ages and abilities ever since I was 16 years old. My love of all sports and games has been with me ever since I was a child, which has also progressed into coaching since the age of 16, too. In my spare time I like to play soccer, fly-fish, run, and most importantly spend time with my family.

My main goals as the gym teacher are to teach teamwork, develop skills and build confidence through physical activity. My view on gym class is to make it a safe place to come and enjoy yourself in a way you can express yourself and build up your peers. I want the scholars to look forward to each time they have gym while learning and growing their skill set and confidence along the way.


kasey Hamilton - Grammar School PE

I began my teaching career here in Colorado in 2012 after graduating from Hastings College in Nebraska.  I have experience in both Elementary and High School Physical Education and Health.  I also spent a few years as a Family and Consumer Science teacher.  I am returning to the Physical Education setting here for my first year at Leman Academy and 9th year as an educator.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education K-12 and endorsements in Elementary Education and Family Consumer Science.

I grew up in Colorado Springs and attended D49 Schools K-12, where I played on the girls' golf team and experienced a wide variety of other sports and activities.  At home, I have a wonderful husband, 2-year old daughter, and soon-to-be baby boy in October.  During my free time I enjoy playing golf, doing anything outdoors, cooking, crafting and of course spending time with family.  I am excited to share my broad knowledge of fitness and health with scholars so that they may find and excel in their favorite physical activities. I strive for all scholars to lead a healthy and active lifestyle!


Cortney Atchley - Logic Cafeteria/Recess Supervisor

Hello, my name is Cortney Atchley. Growing up in the idyllic 80s in northwest Iowa, I have always had an adventurous spirit. I served in the Air Force immediately after high school and enjoyed exploring all the climates of the US. My favorite locations were Washington state for two years with SERE (Survival School) and Montana with Civil Engineering. After the military, I pursued a degree in Interior Design at Montana State University and met my husband. Throughout our adventures in Montana, Northern Virginia (DC area) and Colorado, we have been blessed with five children and two pretentious dogs.


I am very active in our community through church and 4H and have vast interests, including theater, interior design, costuming, furniture design, or anything that I get to work with tools! I am so happy to be at Leman Academy, serving in many capacities throughout the campus. I hope to see you in the hallways, during one of our school events or somewhere in the community!


Jeff D'Arcy - Logic School Lunch Monitor








Kimberlea (Kiki) Fox - Recess Monitor








nancy Gustafson - Food Service Coordinator








Melissa Harmon - Instructional Assistant








Sarah Larson - Instructional Assistant







sarah.larson @lemanacademy.com

Brenda Maciejewski - Instructional Assistant

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 granddaughters. 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.



Hello! I am so excited to be joining the Leman Academy team as an Instructional Assistant! I am originally from Oklahoma and was lucky enough to land in Colorado 13 years ago. My husband Mike and I have 3 amazing kids and a big fluffy Bernedoodle, Gus. Most of my time is spent chauffeuring the kids around to extracurriculars, attending baseball games and gymnastics meets. In my free time, I love to workout, read, and watch live music. As a family we enjoy traveling, playing board games and watching movies.

During my time home with our kids, I homeschooled following a classical education model which I wholeheartedly believe in. I really enjoyed teaching and being present for those light-bulb moments. I can't wait to meet all of the scholars, help ignite their love for learning and make cherished memories while doing it!


Alexandra Swing - Instructional Assistant

Hello, my name is Alex Swing, and I am very excited to join the Leman Academy team. I was born in Texas, but my family and I have lived in Colorado for almost 6 years. My husband and I have two children as well as two fur babies.  We love to spend our time enjoying Colorado outdoors - hiking, paddle boarding and camping. I have a Master's degree in education and taught middle school science prior to starting a family. Working with children has always been a passion of mine, and I am thrilled to be back in the classroom!


Alisa Bateman - Homeschool Enrichment Coordinator

I am excited to be teaching the Homeschool Enrichment program here at Leman. I live in Elbert, Colorado, and am the proud parent of three teen children, three grown stepchildren and one grandson. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Colorado Christian University, went on to teach at Rocky Mountain Christian Academy where I got my feet wet learning and applying the classical elements I’ve grown to love. I also taught at Addenbrooke Classical Academy where I was able to more deeply incorporate Charlotte Mason tenets such as nature study, and handwork. I am honored to be a part of Leman Academy.


Victoria Clarke - IA







Rick Evans - facilities coordinator