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Todd Legge

Legge
School Principal  
303-902-0772 cell 
 
Mr. Legge is a veteran educator in his 21st year in education, having served in a variety of roles throughout the metro Denver area. He served as an Assistant Principal, Dean, ELD Specialist/Coach and taught all levels of Spanish and English Language Development from AP Spanish Literature to Spanish 1 and everything in between. Having spent time as an educator in both comprehensive middle and high schools and most recently in an alternative high school, he has a great deal of experience that will benefit our community. This will be Mr. Legge's third year as the principal and it is a challenge that he is extremely excited to be a part of. Outside of SOAR Academy, he is the co-founder and coach of one of the top wrestling schools in the U.S. that serves over 250 wrestlers throughout Colorado. At home, Mr. Legge is a proud father of five kids, two boys (the oldest and the youngest) and three girls (the sweet middle of it all), and is married to his high school sweetheart, going on 25 years. Mr. Legge lives a life dedicated to serving others and has spent his career and prior preparing for an opportunity like the one at SOAR Academy. He is very grateful for this time in his life. 

Adam Chavez

Adam
Dean/GED/GT/SPED
720-625-9155  cell
 
My main purpose in life is to serve my fellow man.  I went into teaching by accident, and I am so grateful that I was lead in this direction.  I have my Bachelors of Arts degree in English with a Special Education endorsement and a Master of Arts degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.  More importantly, I feel honored to serve the students and families at SOAR Academy.  I truly believe that all students deserve an equitable educational experience, enabling them to have choices in life. 
 
 
 
 
 

Lauren Emerson

Lauren
School Counselor 
970-518-7957  (cell)
 
Lauren is new to the SOAR team this year, and is working as our School Counselor. Lauren grew up in Greeley, CO and attended college in southern California, studying Education and Psychology. She completed her graduate degree in Education, School Counseling at Concordia University, Wisconsin. She has worked in Public Ed. since 2016 and is passionate about collaborating with students and families and helping people to reach their highest potential and achieve their goals. 
In her free time, Lauren enjoys skiing, cooking for friends, rock climbing, reading, hiking, and watching movies with her husband William! 

Karla Galindo

karla
Principal Secretary
720-985-3559 cell

My name is Karla Galindo, I am the principal secretary at Soar Academy. I grew up in North Denver and have worked as a paraprofessional in DPS. In my free time I like spending time with my daughter and family. I am excited to be on board and helping everyone around. 

Karen Galindo

Karen
Student Engagement Coordinator
720-514-2644 cell

My name is Karen Galindo and I am the Student Engagement Coordinator at SOAR Academy. I work side by side with our families to make sure our students feel supported in every step of their education and help students reach their highest potential. In my free time, I love spending time with family and my 3 dogs, traveling and exploring new places.  

Madeline Gebhard

Madeline
Social Worker
1(323) 333-9511 Cell
 
My name is Madeline Gebhard, and I am the school Social Worker at S.O.A.R. Academy. I have worked with youth for 15 years in a variety of settings and found Alternative Highschools' to be my favorite. I grew up in Minnesota and have lived in Los Angeles, San Diego and Denver. 
I received my bachelors in Social Work from Winona State University and Masters from University of Denver. I love working with humans and am grateful to be working with the best at S.O.A.R.  

Tracy Ingram

Tracy
Science Teacher 
720-280-2683 Cell

Ms. Ingram, joins the SOAR family in August of 2018. She has been in education for 15 years. She is a highly qualified science teacher with a master from Miami University and has her bachelor’s degree from Texas A &M. She teaches all of the science courses at SOAR academy. She spends her free time with family. Her interests are all surrounded by kids, animals and all things science. She loves science and believes teaching young people to understand how to appreciate the scientific process is an important skill. She believes teaching her students critical thinking skills and evidence-based reasoning and communication skills will take them into a positive future and successful future. She desires to ensure she provides a safe, caring learning environment where all students are free to learn and grow without hesitation.

Katie O'Connor

Katie
English Teacher
 1-(630)-334-5688  cell
 
Hi all! My name is Katie O'Connor and I am proud to be the English teacher at SOAR Academy. This is my tenth year in education, of which all of my experience has been in alternative education settings. I have a B.A. in Special Education and an M.A. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. My work as a special education teacher got me excited about literacy, and now I love teaching English at SOAR! I am passionate about serving students that need an alternate pathway to graduation and are determined to succeed. It is my belief that there are many different paths to achieve a goal butt is up to the individual to construct their own roadmap. The staff at SOAR Academy is here to support our students along that journey and to help them see their own potential!  

Lori Werbiski

Lori
Math Teacher
1(734)-255-7729  cell
 
I grew up in Michigan and attended Western Michigan University for bachelors degrees in Psychology and Recreation. In 2003 I joined the California Army National Guard where I spent active duty time in Arizona, California, and a year deployment in Kosovo. After returning from deployment I moved to Colorado and used the G.I. Bill to get a masters degree in Education. I've been working as a Math teacher in Alternative Schools for 6 years and love being a part of the S.O.A.R. family. In my leisure time, I enjoying hiking and camping with my husband, daughter, and yellow lab.
 
 

Jen Wheeler

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Social Studies Teacher 
 
Where do I begin? I'm honored to be joining the SOAR Team. I've been in education for 12 years -- two as an elementary school librarian, two teaching overseas in Mongolia, and eight teaching high school in North Denver. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in English Education, but here I am teaching Social Studies! I am passionate about literacy, sitting with hard questions, and encouraging student voice. I grew up in southern California, attended high school in Colorado, then moved to Washington for college. I love all things SUN: hanging out on the beach, hiking, wake-surfing, hanging out on a patio, whatever! I got married this summer -- we had a very small ceremony in our backyard -- not what we'd expected, but exactly what we needed.