Grace Lenhart, Mathematics Teacher
Grace serves on the mathematics team covering topics in algebra, geometry, and fundamental mathematics. She originally joined the New Legacy team in Fall 2016 through a year of service with 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 University in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys singing, swimming, reading, having fun outdoors, and being creative.
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. 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.
Nathan Malkemus, Humanities Teacher
Nate Malkemus is happy to return to the New Legacy family after serving as a member of the founding team in 2016 and then taking a sabbatical for the 2017-2018 school year. He has taught Social Studies for close to 10 years, and is passionate about social justice issues and empowering younger generations to be agents of change. On his spare time, he enjoys running, climbing, hiking, and anything else that gets him outside and/or involves his precious wife and son. Most importantly, he loves chili cheese dogs.
Amanda Christos, Language Arts Teacher
Amanda Christos is joining New Legacy Charter School as the English Language Arts Teacher. Previously, she taught English for 2 years in Connecticut, grades 6th through 12th. Afterwards, she taught 12th grade for 2 years at a charter school in Brooklyn, NY where she developed her passion in teaching social justice. Amanda coached the boys soccer team in Brooklyn and won the state championship! She is passionate about health, fitness, sports, traveling and reading, of course!
Heather Cutillo, RN, MSN, School Nurse
As the Director of Health and Wellness, Heather is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Coordinated School Health Model at New Legacy. Heather is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has been involved in various types of nursing her whole career, including in schools, hospitals, and out-patient settings. She has worked as a nurse in Africa and in clinics in Chicago, Washington DC, and Denver S. that serve medically underserved patients, . Heather comes to New Legacy from Inner-City Health Center in Denver where she has served as the Diabetes Care Coordinator since 2001. While working at the Center, Heather also served on New Legacy’s Health and Wellness Committee for two years.
Elizabeth Gouveia, School Counselor
Elizabeth grew up in Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. She later lived in New Jersey, near Princeton, for 10 years. Elizabeth graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in School Counseling from Capella University. She has worked in high schools throughout her career, and loves helping students with post-secondary planning by helping students realize and embrace their skills, abilities, and interests and set meaningful goals tied to these. Elizabeth and her husband live in Denver with their two cats, Hawk and Louise. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling the world.
Melissa Hummel, Family and Student Advocate
Melissa joins the New Legacy team as the Student and Family Advocate. She was born in Aurora, Colorado, but has lived in many places, including Mexico City. She holds a B.A degree in Psychology and Spanish from Wittenberg University and has enjoyed many diverse professional experiences including working as an Immigration Paralegal, Student Services Coordinator at an ESL school, and a private tutor of Spanish. Melissa enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, dancing, and spending time building meaningful relationships with students, coworkers, and friends.
Julie Reyes, Homebound Coordinator
Julie joined the New Legacy staff in September 2016. Prior to joining New Legacy, she spent 2 years working at Ability Connection Colorado as the school nurse. Julie holds her Medical Assistant diploma. She worked at Clinic Family Health Services as a Medical Assistant. In additional Julie has her CDA in infant and toddler. She has been part of great organizations including Sherman Elementary and Restoration Christian Academy. Julie is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Shaunay Vafeades, Therapist
Shaunay joins New Legacy Charter School for the 2018-2019 school year as the Aurora Mental Health School Based Therapist. Shaunay is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. She believes that learning and growing is a lifelong process and works to incorporate this concept into her life. Shaunay received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and her Master’s in Counseling from Regis University. Using her acquired skills and passion for working with youth has led Shaunay to work with students impacted by trauma and various hardships, supporting them in overcoming life obstacles in order to become stronger versions of themselves. In addition to working with youth in schools, Shaunay has also served as a youth sports coach for over 10 years. Through coaching, Shaunay strives not only to teach her team the fundamentals of the sport, but to develop their character and mental toughness.