English Second Language (ESL): Cece Garza

Hi!  My name is Cece Garza and I am the ELD teacher at Legacy Point.  I have been teaching second language learners for 15 years.  Before moving to Colorado I taught 3rd grade in California.   I graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and a Bachelors degree in education.  

I am married and have triplet boys that are now 23 years old.  I am a huge animal lover, so I currently have 4 dogs, 4 cats and 2 geese.  We love spending our time on the lake skiing and just having a great time.

I love teaching and feel that all students should have the same opportunities to learn to the best of their abilities.  I meet students in small groups, independently or in the classroom - it all depends on their needs.  

Contact: cygarza@dcsdk12.org 

Sheri Searwar

My name is Sheri Searwar.  This is my first year working as a learning specialist at Legacy Point.  I earned my special education degree in Canada and have taught in both Canada and the USA.  I am so excited to be joining the Legacy family and getting to know this community.  I want the very best for your child and look forward to a year filled with excitement and learning!  I have a .5 position and I will be at Legacy every morning.  The best way to reach me is by email at ssearwar@dcsdk12.org.

I have 3 kids, Jordan, Keira and Chase as well as a dog named Toby.  We moved here this past year from California and have been loving the gorgeous outdoors that Colorado has to offer!  We enjoy hiking and paddle boarding and just exploring new places.  

I wanted to share a favorite quote.  As a teacher, I feel this is so true. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  Maya Angelou


Meet the Team

Literacy Specialist: Kim Nelson

Hi! My name is Kim Nelson and I am a Literacy Specialist here at Legacy Point. I have been a literacy specialist here in Douglas County for 22 years.

Before moving to Colorado, I was a Special Education teacher for eight years in the deserts of California. I am married and have a wonderful 19 year old daughter. We also have a 4 year old Golden Retriever, an 8 year old German Shepherd and a very shy cat. 

My job here has two parts. I work individually with four first grade students, meeting their individual needs. I also meet with kindergarten through second grade Booster Groups for 20 to 30 minutes a day, four times a week to provide targeted, systemic literacy instruction for those students who need a little extra boost to help them become more proficient readers. This instruction is in addition to their reading instruction in the classroom.

Contact: kanelson@dcsdk12.org 

Learning Specialists: 

Learning Specialists work with students who qualify for special education services and are on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Targeted interventions are implemented in individual or small group settings to help students meet their personalized learning goals.  

Kara Nordbye  

My name is Kara Nordbye. This is my second year working as a learning specialist at Legacy Point. I graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2019. I previously worked in a facility school for 2 years. I am so thrilled to be a part of the Legacy Point team. I am passionate about working with school age students because it is so amazing to see the amount of growth they can achieve in one year. My personal motto when working with students is to value each unique mind, body and spirit. I strongly believe in meeting each student where they are at and working from there to help them reach their goals.

I am a Colorado native so I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding and spending time in the mountains in my free time with my husband and my two dogs (Sophie and Davis). 

I am so thrilled to be a part of the LPE family and I can't wait to get to know all of you this year!

Contact: knordbye@dcsdk12.org

Elisa Lerew

Occupational Therapy: Sharon Fisher

I am a licensed Occupational Therapist that specializes in pediatrics. I graduated from the University of Hartford in 1996. I have worked in a variety of therapy settings including Early Intervention, the schools and outpatient rehabilitation. I have worked with a wide variety of patients with orthopedic, neurological and developmental delays. This will be my 16th year working in the schools and my 6th year at Legacy Point. I am excited to work with my kids and love watching them grow from year to year! My husband and our 2 boys (Matthew and Max) moved to Colorado in 2013 from Atlanta, Georgia. Both my boys have attended Legacy Point and we truly love the community and sense of family at Legacy Point. We love the outdoors and spend our weekends hiking, biking, camping, traveling, playing with our dog, and skiing. 


Contact: sfisher@dcsdk12.org 

Speech Language Pathologist: Katie Warnick 

Hi! My name is Katie Warnick and I am enthusiastic to be the Speech Language Pathologist at Legacy Point Elementary this school year. I graduated in 2017 with my Bachelor's degree from Marquette University and in 2019 with my Master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I have worked as a school based SLP for the past 2 years and this summer I worked in a Pediatric Private Speech Clinic. Working with the school-aged population is my passion as I enjoy getting to know each of my students and watching their personalities develop. It is a joy getting to watch each of my students improve their overall communication skills and achieve each of their goals. I recently moved to Colorado from Louisiana this year with my husband and our 3 year old dog and have loved spending so much time outdoors hiking and exploring nature. 

I am very excited to work with each of my students and their families and just be a part of such a wonderful team at Legacy Point. 

Contact: kwarnick@dcsdk12.org

School Counselor: Sarah Sanniola

Hi, my name is Sarah Sanniola and I joined the Legacy Point family as the Elementary School Counselor in February 2019.  I earned my Masters degree in School Counseling from Adams State University in 2007.  

As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community.  I have the privilege to work with every single student in the school. I will be working with students at the classroom level, small group level, as well as at the short-term individual counseling level. I would like the students here to think of my office as a warm and friendly place, where they are always welcome. My office is also a safe haven – a place where they can get help if they feel confused or worried.

My husband and I have two little kiddos, a 2 year old son and a 3 year old daughter.  I love that LPE is our home school and my two kids will become legacy leaders, not only because I work here but because it's such an amazing school and community.  

School Counselor Website:  Mrs. Sarah Sanniola's Counseling Resources

Contact: ssanniola@dcsdk12.org 

To Schedule an Appointment With Me:  Mrs. Sarah's Appointment Calendar

Gifted and Talented: Jill Beyer

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan

            Hello Legacy Point Family!  My name is Jill Beyer, and I will be the GT Facilitator for 2021-2022.  I can’t wait to lead children 

      into something incredible and just waiting to be known.  I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado 

      and earned my masters in Diverse Learning from The University of Phoenix.  Children have been a love of mine for as long 

      as I can remember.  

          I taught for 10 years in the Cherry Creek School district.  Over the last 5 years I have been tutoring high school students 

          through the AVID program at Legend High School.  I so enjoyed working with teenagers, but am thrilled to be working with 

          young, flexible, sponge~like little people!  

           I’m a Colorado native, and my family has lived in Parker for 27 years.  My husband, Chris, and I raised 3 kids who have 

          so far proven to be successful human beings :)  All 3 of our children graduated as Titans (but I have plenty of heart available 

          to cheer for the Mustangs!)  One of our kids had an ALP, so I know what it’s like to be the parent of a specialized learner and 

          look forward to helping your learners grow!

            My office is right outside of the library and will hopefully  be a place for kids to gather in groups, or by themselves when 

           needing  some quiet time in a cozy spot.  

           Hours:   Monday~Friday; 9:30~1:30   

           Contact: jabeyer@dcsdk12.org     


           DCSD Gifted Education Page

CDE Gifted Identification Fact Sheet 

CDE Gifted Education Parent’s Corner


Lori Woodling: RTI 

Hi my name is Lori Woodling and this year I will be the RTI (Interventionist) teacher.  I have been a classroom teacher for 17 years, where I've taught Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.  This will be my sixth year at Legacy Point, I taught 2 years of kindergarten and 3 years in second grade.  I look forward to this new experience and working with small groups of students where I will have the opportunity to provide interventions with targeted instruction to bring students up to grade level.

I got my Bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University and I also have my Master's degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Emphasis. I've been married to my husband, Scott, for 21 years and we have three wonderful boys, Noah, Cameron, and Owen.  Noah, my oldest just graduated from Ponderosa High School and will be attending GCU in the fall, Cameron is 16 and a sophomore at Ponderosa, and my youngest, Owen, is 14 and a freshman at Ponderosa.  We are busy with their sports and activities but when we have down time, we like to hike, watch movies, and cheer on the Broncos! And when I have some time to myself I love to read, and get lost in a book!

Jess Schmitz: Psychologist