Cindy Barajas, Health & Fitness Teacher/School Wellness Coordinator
Cindy Barajas moved between Los Angeles, California and Aurora, Colorado since she was a teenager. She studied Psychobiology at California State University at Long Beach, and proceeded to work in the non-profit field as an organizer in higher education, youth programming, and public health. Passionate about advocacy, healthy living, and helping others to see their amazing potential, New Legacy was a natural next step in her career. Her natural ambition in life has given her the ability to promote positive leadership and self-love. In her free time, Cindy loves to play with her daughter, Peace. They both love to explore various forms of fitness and enjoy learning new plant-based recipes to share with everyone. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Aurora Youth Options program, where she is a mentor to an amazing young lady that attends Aurora Central High School. Thankful for this wonderful life experience, Cindy makes sure to spread love, respect, and compassion in her everyday life, no matter what she is doing.
Britta Carlisle, MSW, Social Worker
Britta joins New Legacy as the School Social Worker. As the social worker, Britta provides social and emotional support to students and families, as well as community resources for wellness. Britta holds a Bachelor of Social Work and minor in Spanish with an emphasis in indigenous and immigrant populations from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, as well as, a Master of Social Work and Certificate of Social Work with Latinos/as from the University of Denver. Britta is a fluent Spanish speaker and is passionate about school based counseling and social justice. Britta was born and raised in the Denver area and loves to travel with her husband, camp, ski, practice yoga, spend time with friends and family and take care of the newest member of her family, her puppy, Benny.
Amber Gardner, School Counselor
Amber is a first-generation high school graduate and was a teenage mother – pictured here in her class of 1997 senior photo taken with her oldest child. She is a passionate P-20 advocate for equitable education and social justice with over 15 years of experience as an educator. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado Mesa University, M.A. in School Counseling from Adams State University, Master’s Certificate of Early Childhood Leadership from the University of Colorado, Denver and is currently completing her PhD in Math Education with research interest in two generational math learning as a tool of liberation. She has taught all ages from infants to graduate level courses and also founded a non-profit school that serves families in a rural community on the western slope of Colorado before relocating to the metro area.
Grace Lenhart, Math Teacher
Grace serves as one of the school’s math teachers. She originally joined the New Legacy community through a year of service through the Urban Servant Corps. Before serving with New Legacy, Grace lived in northern Wisconsin where she worked in direct service to provide food security in rural areas, and empowerment to persons with disabilities. Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys singing, swimming, reading, and being creative.
Kellie Licking-Murray, Science Teacher
Kellie joins the New Legacy Charter School staff as the science teacher. Previously Kellie taught high school biology and chemistry in Tucson, Arizona. Kellie has a B.S. in biology with an emphasis on health science from the University of Nebraska – Kearney (UNK). She earned an M.S. in molecular biology, emphasizing viruses and virus research from University of Nebraska – Kearney (UNK). In April 2015, Kellie received the University of Nebraska – Kearney (UNK) Outstanding Master Thesis Award. Kellie is currently pursuing a Master’s in Secondary Education at The University of Arizona. Kellie was born and raised in Seneca/Mullen, Nebraska.
Jenn Stephens, Parenting Educator
Jenn serves as the Parent Educator at New Legacy. Prior to joining New Legacy, she served as the Parent Educator at The Program for Women and Families, a social service agency in Pennsylvania. While at the program, she taught parenting classes, facilitated parent support groups and conducted weekly home visits. Most recently, she worked at Emmanuel Methodist Preschool as a teaching assistant. Jenn holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Syracuse University and an M.A. in International Education and Training from American University. Jenn enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, hiking, camping, looking for wildflowers, traveling, and having coffee with friends.
Adam Stewart, Mathematics Teacher
Adam teaches Mathematics at New Legacy after working 10 years working with teenagers in multiple states and countries including [add state here] and [add country here]. Adam has run after school programs for refugees in Houston, taught at a secondary school in the United Kingdom, and worked as a senior mathematics tutor for the tutoring program, General Academic. Adam has lived in five countries and visited more than 20, helping him develop a very well rounded view of the world. He is thrilled to be able to share his passion for mathematics, culture, and life with the students at New Legacy. Adam holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from The University of Bristol, England. Adam enjoys to scale huge rock faces around the world, perform circus arts, and enter running races.
Tonya Williams, Special Education Teacher
Tonya Williams serves New Legacy as a Special Education and as a READ 180 Teacher. She comes to New Legacy with several years of experience working with infant to elementary aged children within the Aurora Public School system. Also, previously she worked with college aged freshmen students and youth from her church while in graduate school. She enjoys teaching and making relationships with students all of ages. Her goal for students is to equip them for post high school success and to feel confident in who they are and in their abilities. Tonya has also spent several years working as an auditor for the State of Texas and the State of Colorado and has previously done taxes with H&R Block. She holds a B.A. from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA and a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Government. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking, and listening to music.
Jennifer Irving, Humanities Teacher
Linda Johnson, Special Education Paraprofessional
Roxanne Stern, Humanities Teacher