The faculty at Legacy are committed to spiritually train students while providing a high level of academic excellence. They also serve to equip co-teachers with the tools necessary to successfully complete assignments from the faculty-provided lesson plans.

Legacy Faculty

Sandy Hughes

Mrs. Hughes attended UC Santa Barbara and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She attended CSU Bakersfield and Fresno State where she received her teaching credential. She also received her CLAD certificate and is a trained Reading Recovery® teacher. After teaching kindergarten for many years in public education, we are thrilled that Mrs. Hughes is part of our Legacy Team. She is married and has two children. Her favorite verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Mrs. Hughes says, “I LOVE teaching Kindergarten!”

Joy Hill
1st Grade

Joy Hill is a fun and enthusiastic member of the Legacy staff. She attended CSUB and graduated with a B.A. in Child Development in 1988. Joy then worked for the Bakersfield City and Fruitvale School Districts. She also homeschooled her daughter. Joy grew up in the Los Angeles area. She married her husband, Kurt, in 1989. They have two children, Caleb and Kari, and they also have two dogs in the family. Joy loves to knit. She makes a point to knit once a week with a couple of her friends. Joy also enjoys reading and growing her own veggies and sweet pea flowers. She loves her dogs more than she loves some people. Joy lives by the fact that without God’s grace, we are nothing.

Kelly Guenther
3rd and 4th Grade – English & Math

Mrs. Guenther graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. She holds a Master’s in Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University. Mrs. Guenther has taught for many years in public and charter schools as well as being a Reading Specialist. She is married and has four sons. Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 58:11: “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

Sylvia Collins
6th Grade / IEW / Novel Writing / Latin

Sylvia grew up on a small farm in Minnesota, attended Winona State University, and later attended Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Bakersfield to receive her California teaching credential. She has taught in public schools, the Kern High School District, the Bakersfield Adult School, the Regional Occupation Center, and homeschooled almost 20 years before teaching students at Legacy. Sylvia is happily married to a fire fighter, has four children, and enjoys a wide range of hobbies including scrapbooking, camping, traveling, reading, and caring for various animals. She is always eager and excited to see what the Lord will teach us through Legacy and is encouraged by Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Sarah Moore
8th and 10th Grade – English

Mrs. Moore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Print Media (writing) from The Master’s University. She is married and has two daughters. Her favorite verse is Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Joe Brown
Film Making / Photography / Bible

Mr. Brown has completed courses in Pastoral Studies from Colorado Christian College and attended the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. He has completed (and produced) many seminars, conferences, and workshops on youth ministry as well as Biblical parenting. He has received training and/or certification from Youth for Christ, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Real World Parenting, Youth Specialties, and Growing Kids God’s Way. He brings 35 years of experience as a youth pastor to his ministry at Legacy. He is married to Mrs. Brown and has two children. His favorite verse is Leviticus 13:40-41: “A man who has lost his hair and is bald is clean. If he has lost his hair from the front of his scalp and has bald forehead, he is clean.”

Lorrie Brown
Edible Education & Home Economics

Mrs. Brown studied communication at Colorado Christian and has many years experience working with special needs children and adults as a psychiatric technician. Mrs. Brown worked in a local edible education program for six years and has developed a Bible-based Edible Education Program for Legacy. Mrs. Brown developed and tested recipes for General Electric and has been involved in special events for Cooking Light Magazine. She also homeschooled her son. “The fertile San Joaquin Valley and its abundance of agriculture is a perfect place to lay a life-long foundation of healthy eating habits…Come cook with us!” Her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Lisa Harper
Music / Advanced Choir

Lisa is a Bakersfield native who has a rich history in musical education. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from CSU Fresno, she taught band and music in a public school, homeschooled her children, and gives private flute and voice lessons. She loves sharing her talents as director of King’s Kids music program as well as directing other choirs at various churches. She is married and has two children. Her hobbies include gardening, time with family and friends, playing games, cooking, and walking.  Lisa’s favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” She truly feels called and blessed to be teaching at Legacy!

Kurt Hill
Biblical Finance / Consumer Math

Mr. Hill has been an investment representative and financial consultant for many years. He holds a Series Six License and Insurance License. He attended Bakersfield College and has a passion for helping students understand Biblical principles and their finances. He is married and has a son and daughter. His favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

Richard Laughman

Martha Magana
American Sign Language

Maija Nack
Foundations II / Pre-Algebra / Bible / General Science

Maija is an enthusiastic and diligent teacher who studied at the University of Iowa earning B.S. degrees in Psychology and Sports Health. She has homeschooled for twelve years and has experience with tutoring and private school education, specializing in educating children with learning challenges. She grew up in the Midwest. Maija is married and has have four children. The best kind of day for her includes spending time with her teenagers and their friends; enjoying coffee, conversation, and chocolate; others; and shopping for used second-hand deals! Her favorite verse is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Samantha Purdy

Mrs. Purdy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a minor in Business and a Secondary teaching credential in Fine Arts. She has many years of teaching experience in schools, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and private lessons. She is married and has a son and daughter. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Nicholas Ramirez
Physical Education / Pre-Calculus / Robotics

Heather Rooke
World History / US History / Art

Mrs. Rooke earned a Bachelor of Science in Art from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She taught in private and public school prior to joining the Legacy Team. She is married and has one son and two daughters. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

Ruth Scherger
Biology / Physics / Physical Science

Ruth loves being at Legacy! With her Bachelor of Science degree from Sierra Heights University, she taught for forty years (twenty in public and twenty in private) and tutored at Sylvan and Edison Community College before teaching science at Legacy. She and her husband, Roger, have two sons, Chris and Benj, and have lived in California for ten years. She lives to make quilts and enjoys their family dog Sidney and two cats, Fuzzball and Prince. Ruth’s favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Alan Sharrer
11th/12th Grade English / Geology / College and Career / 7th Grade English Literature

Tamara Whitaker
Algebra II

David Williams
Athletic Director / Physical Education

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