Legacy School Staff

Administration

Mrs. Kelly Pedersen
Head of School
Mrs. Pedersen taught Elementary School for 16 years and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has an Endorsement in English as a Second Language and has taught many grade levels before starting Legacy.
Mrs. Buffy Baca
Head of School
Mrs. Baca taught elementary school for 13 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education. 
Mrs. Melissa Michael
Preschool/Pre-K Director
Mrs. Michael has 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 as the Office Manager. 
Mrs. Amanda Huisman
Extended Care Director | Marketing/Events Manager
Mrs. Huisman holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Management). Before coming to Legacy in 2015, she had worked with children preschool-5th grade at a YMCA camp. 
​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. In 2009, she started at Legacy School. After taking a few years off to spend with her kids, she is back where she loves to be.

Teachers

Mrs. Tami Timmermann
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Timmermann has a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Master of Science Degree in Education.  She taught in the Wayne School System for 17 years before starting with Legacy School in 2009.
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. Jennifer Jensen
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Jensen holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and Human Science as well as a Masters Degree in Teacher Learning. She taught in 3rd and 5th grade classrooms for 7 years 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 has taught in Texas, Wichita, and here in Bennington before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Mrs. Linda Whitehill
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Whitehill has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum.  She taught Kindergarten and First Grade for 36 years before coming to Legacy School in 2011.
Mrs. Nikki Facca
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Facca received her bachelor's 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. Jenny Wyant
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Wyant earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree in English Composition. She holds a current Nebraska Teaching Certification and has taught at all levels. Mrs. Wyant joined Legacy in 2013.
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 has been teaching since 1988 and became a teacher with Legacy in 2012.
Mrs. Kathy Mingo
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Mingo graduated from Creighton with a finance degree but returned to school to complete a degree in education from UNO.  She has worked in all levels of education and started with Legacy in 2008.
Mrs. Nancy Huber
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Huber has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She taught in a Special Education classroom for 4 years, then substituted in Bennington. She joined Legacy's team in 2017.
Mrs. Margarita Rueb
Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Rueb holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She has experience working with children from preschool to middle school age. She joined Legacy in 2013.
Mrs. Anna Strohm
Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Strohm holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She previously taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade before coming to Legacy in 2019.

Teacher's Assistants

Mrs. Margy O’Laughlin
Elementary Assistant
Mrs. O'Loughlin grew up in Omaha and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading. She recently retired from OPS after 34 years in the classroom and 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. 
Mrs. Sarah Vandiver
Elementary Assistant
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. Beth Fryman
Junior Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Fryman received her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and Masters in Early Childhood. She taught for 12 years before coming to Legacy in 2018.
Mrs. Renee Cole
Junior Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Cole received her Bachelors Degree in Human Service Counseling. She has worked with children in many different capacities such as leading groups at Campus Life and being a para-educator at Norfolk Public Schools before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Mrs. Holly Luebbe
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
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 joining Legacy School in 2013. 
Mrs. Renee Ballentine
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Ballentine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been working with children for the past 23 years and has been with Legacy since 2013.
Mrs. Amber Pierce
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Amber holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science Chemistry and Human Service Counseling. She worked at a daycare before she joined Legacy in 2017.
Mrs. Sarah Tabor
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Tabor received her Associates Degree of Occupational Studies in Design, Illustration, and Computer Graphics. She was a classroom volunteer and a room parent at her kids previous school before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Ms. Kelsey Lewis
Preschool Assistant
Ms. Kelsey is currently attending UNO to major in Elementary Education. She has worked with children since she was a teenager and has been with Legacy since 2016.
Ms. Sydney Walton
Preschool Assistant
Ms. Walton is currently attending UNO to receive her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She has been working with children since she was a teenager. She joined Legacy's team in 2018. 

Specialists

Mrs. Gena Fritz
Music Specialist
Mrs. Fritz holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education (PreK-12 grade). She has taught Music for 17 years and has also been teaching piano and voice lessons for 24 years before coming to Legacy in 2019. 
Mrs. Sarah Meyers
P.E. Specialist
Mrs. Meyers holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. She previously taught dance for 15 years before coming to Legacy in 2019.
Mrs. Joan Miller
Science Specialist
Mrs. Miller earned her Bachelors Degree in Speech & Language Therapy.  Joan has been with Legacy since 2009, teaching Preschool, PreK and Italian Enrichment. She has been a Science Specialist at Legacy since 2016.