Jennifer Douglas, Founder and Executive Director
Jennifer is the founder and executive director of New Legacy. Jennifer has worked in education for 20 years – 18 years within the charter school sector. She has served as an assistant principal in two public charter schools, one of which she helped start (Highline Academy in Denver). Jennifer also has served as a charter school board member. While developing the application for New Legacy and building community, Jennifer completed the Get Smart Schools Fellowship – a leadership program designed for autonomous school developers. Prior to the fellowship, Jennifer worked at the Colorado League of Charter Schools where she served as the Director of New School Development and Director of Operations. Jennifer also worked as a writer and taught English as a foreign language instructor in Asia. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English and Education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and an M.A. in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Roynetta Douglas, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Roynetta (Netta) is New Legacy’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She comes to us from Farrell B. Howell ECE – 8 School in far northeast Denver where she has worked as a middle school language arts and teacher leader since 2011. Prior to that, she worked as an English, Spanish, and reading teacher in Tennessee. Her leadership experience at Howell has included department chair, member of the Teacher Leader Advisory, member of the School Leadership Team, and data team leader. Netta is highly qualified in English, Reading, and Spanish and also has a Linguistically Diverse Endorsement. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Western Michigan University, her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Union University in Jackson, TN, and is working towards an Ed.D. from the University of Denver in Curriculum and Instruction.
Star Lucero, Dean of Student Culture
Star Lucero came to New Legacy Charter School with years of experience working with teens through youth organizations such as Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, YouthBiz, and Mi Casa Resource Center for Women. She has also worked as independent consultant providing inclusive excellence trainings. In fact, she offered a training to the founding New Legacy staff before the school opened! Star has a B.A. in Speech Communications from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an M.A. in Diversity and Higher Education from the University of Denver.
Cecilia Reyes, Early Learning Center Director
Prior to joining the New Legacy Charter School staff as the Early Learning Center Director, Cecilia worked at Mile High Montessori (MHM) Early Learning Center for 16 years. During her time at Mile High Montessori (MHM), Cecilia worked as a Head Start Lead Teacher, Education Coach, and Family Resource Assistant. From 2010-2015, she served as program director of two of Mile High Montessori’s (MHM) early learning centers. Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from University of Northern Colorado. She enjoys her time working with and assisting students to achieve their goals.
Heather Cutillo, RN, MSN, Director of Health and Wellness
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.
Aeron Finley-LaCrosby, ELC Assistant Director
Aeron has served children and families for the last 17 years in the Metro area of Colorado. Prior to joining New Legacy staff, Aeron worked in the heart of Denver, Colorado at the Open Door Ministry Childcare. While at Open Door, she served as an assistant teacher in a Kindergarten classroom and grew in knowledge and leadership to becoming assistant Director in 2 years. Aeron enjoys walking alongside other to fulfill their full potential. She holds an AAS degree from Community College of Denver in Early Childhood Education and holds a Colorado Center Director License. She enjoys her family and friends and serving her local community.
Joy Hettich, ELC Curriculum Coordinator and Coach
Joy joins the New Legacy Charter School team as the Curriculum Coach and CTE Instructor. She was the founder and director of the Centennial Christian Learning Center. She led the Centennial Christian Learning Center for over ten years. She has over thirty years of teaching experience which has spanned from infants all the way up to 12th grade. She holds a Colorado Director License and a degree in elementary education from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She enjoys both volunteer and professional childcare consulting. In her spare time, Joy and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with a great book. Joy is excited to be part of the New Legacy Charter School team.
Claudia Baylon, Operations Director
Claudia joined the New Legacy staff in February 2015. Prior to joining New Legacy, she spent 10 years working at Inner City Health Center as a Program Manager where she assisted patients in accessing services and appointments with specialists. Claudia also managed several programs including the Patient Assistance Program, Women’s Health Program, and the Colorectal Screening Program. Claudia is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.