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.
Robyn Jackson, Internship and College Access Coordinator
Robyn comes to New Legacy Charter School from Community College of Aurora where she spent three years working as a TRIO Academic Advisor. In that role, she supported first generation college students and helped them transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Robyn is passionate about empowering youth by providing them with tools and resources to access and understand their education options. Her goal is to increase post-secondary access and retention rates among traditionally underrepresented students. Robyn holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. from the University of Denver in Higher Education with a concentration in diversity and higher learning.
Heather Kinz, English Language Development & Health Teacher
Heather serves as the Health teacher and as the English Language Development teacher. Before New Legacy, Heather worked in Literacy intervention for middle schoolers. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Master of Arts from Union Theological Seminary. Heather has lived on both coasts but came home to her native Colorado because it is the best. She loves coffee, the outdoors, reading, and hanging out with her family, friends, and cat.
Grace Lenhart, Academic Assistant
Grace serves as the Algebra Intervention teacher, as well as Read 180 Instructor, and overall Academic Assistant at New Legacy for the 2016-2017 school year through the Denver non-profit organization Urban Servants 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.
Nathan Malkemus, Humanities Teacher
Nate serves as the humanities teacher at New Legacy. A native of California, Nate has taught in the Bay Area for the last 7 years with a focus on drop-out recovery. In addition to his instructional responsibilities, Nate served as the new teacher mentor and lead curriculum developer for U.S. Government/Civics. Nate holds a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from UCLA, and single subject teaching credential from San Diego State. In his spare time, Nate enjoys running, backpacking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and anything else that involves the outdoors. He is also a proud new father and very excited to start his son, Elliot, at the early learning center at New Legacy.
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.