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. 
Mr. Nick Grove
Principal
Mr. Grove holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education with an endorsement in Administration.  He taught elementary students for over ten years before coming to Legacy in 2021. 
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 and Communications 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
Upper 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
Lower 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. Alice Dunn
5th/6th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Dunn holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology. She has taught elementary-aged children for over seven years before coming to Legacy in 2021.
Mr. Nick Grove
4th Grade Teacher
Mr. Grove holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education with an endorsement in Administration.  He taught elementary students for over ten years before coming to Legacy in 2021. 
Mrs. Mariah Babbel
3rd Grade Teacher | SPED & Assessment Coordinator
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
2nd Grade 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. Kate Chapman
1st Grade 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. Laura Wilson
1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Wilson holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She taught various grades, including Preschool, Kindergarten, and 5th grade, over the last eight years before coming to Legacy in 2021.
Mrs. Cindy Behrens
Kindergarten 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.
Mrs. Olivia Northrop
Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Northrop holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and Human Sciences. She taught elementary students for five years before coming to Legacy in 2021. 
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. Kim Albright
Junior Kindergarten Teacher | Afternoon Enrichment Coordinator
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. Sarah Vandiver
Junior Kindergarten 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. 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 | Afternoon Enrichment Coordinator
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. Betsy Weber
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher | Curriculum | Human Resources
Mrs. Weber holds a Bachelors Degree in Education. She had taught children for 22 years before coming to Legacy in 2012. 
Mrs. Nikki Facca
Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Facca holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught kindergarten for seven years in Omaha before taking a break to stay home with her three lovely children. She joined the Legacy team in 2016.

Teacher's Assistants

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. 
Mrs. Nisha Ghalotra
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Ghalotra holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Science and Mathematics. She had 6 years of experience teaching children from pre-kindergarten to 7th grade before coming to Legacy in 2021.
Mrs. Melissa Sherlock
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Sherlock holds a Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology. She worked in higher education administration for over 15 years before starting at Legacy in 2021.
Ms. Kristen Strevey
Elementary Assistant
Ms. Strevey holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology. She had worked for three years as both a lead and assistant teacher in Early Childhood education before coming to Legacy in 2022. 
Mrs. Lydia Peach-Hirsh
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Peach-Hirsh has a high level of enthusiasm and commitment to serving others. She stayed home with her children for six years before coming to Legacy in 2022.
Mrs. Sabrina Berger
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. Berger holds a Bachelors Degree in Educational Studies. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade for two years in Arizona before coming to Legacy in 2022.
Mrs. Margy O’Loughlin
Junior Kindergarten Assistant | Curriculum Coordinator | Human Resources
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. Gabriela Galindo Barrera
Junior Kindergarten Assistant | Spanish Enrichment
Mrs. Galindo Barrera has a strong passion for working with children of all ages, with the Early Childhood age being her favorite. She nannied for multiple summers before coming to Legacy in 2021. 
Mrs. Ashley Horne
Pre- Kindergarten Assistant | Art Enrichment
Mrs. Horne holds a Bachelors Degree in K-12 Art Education. She has student taught in Lincoln, NE and has 2 children of her own. She joined the Legacy team in 2021. 
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.
Mr. Joe Rhoads
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant | Extended Care Assistant Director
Mr. Rhoads is currently attending UNO to receive his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He has been a camp counselor at Camp Legacy the past two summers. He joined the Legacy School team in 2020.
Ms. Jennifer Pane
Preschool Assistant | STEAM Enrichment
Ms. 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.

Specialists

Ms. Gena Fritz
Music Specialist
Ms. 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.
Mr. Austin Hauptman
P.E. Specialist
Mr. Hauptman holds a Bachelors Degree in Nutrition Exercise and Health Science. Over the years, he has been a recreation advocate while also volunteering at the Special Olympics and his local YMCA. Mr. Hauptman joined Legacy in 2021. 
Mrs. Amber Pierce
Science Specialist | Extended Care Director
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.