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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.
Ms. CeeJae Cooper
Secretary | Extended Care Manager
Ms. Cooper holds multiple certifications in both early childhood topics and computer technology. Ms. Cooper was the Site Director for Bellevue Public Schools before coming to Legacy in 2019. 
Mrs. Amanda Huisman
Marketing/Events Manager
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. Tami Timmermann
Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Timmermann holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling.  She taught in the Wayne school system for 17 years before coming to 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 and 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 taught in Texas, Kansas, and in the Bennington Public School system before coming to Legacy in 2019.
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. Jenny Wyant
Junior Kindergarten 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. 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. 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. Mrs. Rueb 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 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. 
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 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. 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 coming to Legacy in 2013. 
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.
Mrs. Amber Pierce
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
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.
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 receive her Bachelors Degree 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 Degree 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 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 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 holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech & Language Therapy.  She has been with Legacy since 2009, teaching Preschool, PreK and Italian Enrichment. She has been the Science Specialist at Legacy since 2016.
Mrs. Veronica Altuzar
Spanish Specialist
Mrs. Veronica Altuzar is continuing her Spanish Education degree at UNO. She stayed home with her own children until they were in kindergarten before coming to Legacy in 2019.