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Legacy School Staff

Administration

Mrs. Kelly Pedersen
Head of School
Mrs. Pedersen holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelors Degree in Special Education. She taught elementary school for 16 years before starting Legacy School in 2008 with co-owner Buffy Baca.
Mrs. Buffy Baca
Head of School
Mrs. Baca holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Reading Education. She taught elementary school for 13 years before starting Legacy School in 2008 with co-owner Kelly Pedersen. 
Mrs. Melissa Michael
Preschool/Pre-K Director
Mrs. Michael holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with Legacy since 2009.
Ms. Helen Schiemann
Office Manager
Ms. Schiemann had operated a in-home daycare for 15 years and had been a para in the OPS school system before coming to Legacy in 2009.
Mrs. Renee Cole
Secretary
Mrs. Cole holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Service Counseling. She has worked as a Teacher Assistant at Legacy previously and has experience working with students and families for over 15 years.
Mrs. Amanda Huisman
Marketing/Events Director
Mrs. Huisman holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Management). She had worked with children, preschool-5th grade, at a YMCA camp before coming to Legacy in 2015.
​Mrs. Jenni Gurney
Camp Director
Mrs. Gurney stayed home with her boys operating an in-home daycare for 12 years. She has been the Camp Director at Camp Legacy since 2015. 
Mrs. Taylor Flores
Assistant Camp Director
Mrs. Flores has been working with kids for over 11 years. Mrs. Flores started at Legacy School in 2009 and after taking a few years off to spend with her kids, she's back where she loves to be. 

Teachers

Mrs. Kate Chapman
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Chapman holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Education. She had over 14 years of teaching experience before coming to Legacy in 2017.
Mrs. Jenny Wyant
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Wyant earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree in English Composition. She had taught various grade levels throughout 16 years of teaching before coming to Legacy in 2013.
Mrs. Sarah Vandiver
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Vandiver holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught prekindergarten for two years in New York before coming to Legacy in 2018.
Mrs. Kelsey Gatewood
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Gatewood holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught in Texas, Kansas, and in the Bennington Public School system before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Mrs. Mariah Babbel
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Babbel holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education. She taught 3rd grade in Bennington Public School for eight years before coming to Legacy in 2020. 
Mrs. Jessica Barger
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Barger holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She taught 1st-3rd grade in the Omaha Public School system for 14 years before coming to Legacy in 2020.
Mrs. Beth Fryman
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Fryman holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood. She had 12 years of teaching experience before coming to Legacy in 2018.
Mrs. Linda Whitehill
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Whitehill holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 36 years before coming to Legacy in 2011.
Mrs. Nikki Facca
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Facca holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught kindergarten for seven years in Omaha before taking a break to stay at home with her three lovely children. She started at Legacy in 2016.
Mrs. Kim Albright
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Albright holds a Bachelors Degree in Child Development. She had been working with children for 20 years before she joined Legacy in 2016.
Mrs. Betsy Weber
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Weber holds a Bachelors Degree in Education. She had taught children for 22 years before coming to Legacy in 2012. 
Mrs. Kathy Mingo
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Mingo holds a Bachelors Degree in Education. She had worked in all levels of education including preschool, middle school, and high school before she came to Legacy in 2008.
Mrs. Nancy Huber
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Huber holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She taught in a Special Education classroom for 4 years, then substituted in Bennington before coming to Legacy in 2017.
Mrs. Cindy Behrens
Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Behrens holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and is currently working towards her Masters in Curriculum/ Instruction. She has experience working in different types of schools with different ages since 1990. Mrs. Behrens joined Legacy in 2020.

Teacher's Assistants

Mrs. Margy O’Loughlin
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. O'Loughlin holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Reading. She retired from OPS after 34 years of teaching in the classroom and then joined Legacy in 2016. 
Mrs. Megan Romey
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Romey holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She worked in Millard Public Schools as well as Council Bluffs Schools before coming to Legacy in 2019. 
Mrs. Brenda Dudik
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Dudik always has had a passion for working with children. She has been a nanny, Science and Math camp counselor, and a STEM outreach volunteer before coming to Legacy in 2019. 
Ms. Avery Sears
Elementary Assistant
Ms. Sears holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. She substitute taught, coached, and nannied kids of all ages before coming to Legacy in 2020. 
Mrs. Bonnie Patterson
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Patterson holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and an Associates Degree in Bible and Pre-University. She has taught elementary, middle school, and homeschooled her own four children before coming to Legacy in 2020. 
Ms. Kelsey Lewis
Junior Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Kelsey holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology. She has worked with children since she was a teenager and has been with Legacy since 2016.
Mrs. Jennifer Pane
Junior Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Pane holds a CDA in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children in different capacities, one being a stay at home mom, before coming to Legacy in 2020.
Ms. Ruth Gilmore
Junior Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Gilmore is currently attending MCC to receive her degree in social work. She has been working with children since the Summer of 2018. She joined Legacy's team in 2020. 
Ms. Sydney Walton
PM Enrichment Assistant
Ms. Walton is currently attending UNO to receive her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She has been working with children since she was a teenager. She joined Legacy's team in 2018. 
Mrs. Renee Ballentine
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Ballentine holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She had been working with children for over 23 years before coming to Legacy in 2013.
Ms. Jenna Robertson
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Robertson has a passion for working with kids. She started teaching dance classes at age 11 and did so until she was 17. She also nannied for three summers before coming to Legacy in 2020.
Ms. Hailey DeLira
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. DeLira has worked with children of all ages in different capacities. She has been a nanny, a lead and assistant teacher, and a camp counselor at Girl Scout Camp Maha before coming to Legacy in 2020.
Mrs. Holly Luebbe
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant | Extended Care Manager
Mrs. Luebee worked as a bank Assistant Branch Manager for 5 years before choosing to stay home with her 3 children. After her youngest started school, she then taught preschool for 6 years before coming to Legacy in 2013. 
Ms. Kady Vasquez
Preschool Assistant
Ms. Vasquez is currently attending Metro Community College to receive her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She had been working in the Early Childhood field for over 13 years before coming to Legacy 2020.

Specialists

Mrs. Gena Fritz
Music Specialist
Mrs. Fritz holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (PreK-12 grade). She had taught Music for 17 years and had also taught piano and voice lessons for 24 years before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Mrs. Sarah Myers
P.E. Specialist
Mrs. Myers holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. She previously taught dance for 15 years before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Mrs. Amber Pierce
Science Specialist | Extended Care Manager
Mrs. Pierce holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science Chemistry and Human Service Counseling. She worked at a daycare before coming to Legacy in 2017.