The Ala Carte Learning Solutions team is dedicated to making sure your child succeed. Everyone that is a part of this organization has a background in education and believes in the Direct Instruction method. We believe that using one-to-one Direct Instruction can change a child's life and ensure they are on the right track to be successful with whatever their passion is.


Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Margo Barnhart

Margo has grown up with a passion for learning and knew that she was destined to be an educator. Since she began her career, Margo has held a variety of positions from an elementary education classroom teacher and special education teacher all the way to the superintendent of schools in Colorado. She also founded an organization known as Dreamcatcher Learning Center Franchise Corporation which grew to become a nationally franchised business with over 40 locations open or under contract before it was sold to a Fortune 500 Company. 


Vice President

Jerry Barnhart

Jerry grew up in South Eastern Iowa and didn't realize his passion for education until later in his career. He had a struggle with education growing up, and that is what makes him the compassionate educator he is today. Those experiences taught him to be more patient and he went to work as an early childhood special education teacher for about 10 years before he became a student teacher and practicum supervisor at the University of Northern Colorado. Jerry also helped to co-found Dreamcatcher Learning Center Franchise Corporation. 

Fort Collins Center Director

Dr. Vicki Rueckert

Dr. Vicki L. Rueckert is the owner and education consultant for the Ala Carte Learning Solutions located in Fort Collins, CO. She was the founder and President of EduLink, Inc. a non-profit development, training, and resource center focusing on accountability, communication, and teamwork within the school setting, now merged with Children’s Leadership Institute, Dr. Rueckert serves as the Director of Education for CLI. Throughout her extensive career encompassing the areas of education, business management, planning and leadership Dr. Rueckert served as Superintendent of Schools, Executive Director of Human Resources, Administrative Consultant k-12, Principal and college professor. She has been actively involved in life- long learning programs, including community education and the linking of high school programs to community colleges and universities. Dr. Rueckert is a national presenter and keynoter for programs, including peak performance, school reform, teamwork, strategic and systemic planning, and instructional strategies. She is an approved CDE provider for evaluator certification training. Dr. Rueckert lives in Fort Collins with her husband. They have four adult children.

Greeley Office Center DIrector

Tammy Torres Buhring

Tammy has always known she wanted to devote her life to learning and educating. She studied at The University of Northern Colorado and graduated with degrees in Education and English as a Second Language. Her career began 22 years ago in an elementary school as a classroom teacher and an ESL instructor then quickly broadened all the way to being an Academic Instructional Advisor at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado Boulder. Tammy has taught in public, charter, and Christian schools across Weld County. She was also selected to be apart of the Leadership Team for the district she taught in. She then became the Center Director of a local Education Service Center. Tammy also takes great pride in being a wife, a mother to two children and a “Mimi” to her three grandchildren. In her free time, Tammy enjoys spoiling her grandbabies, camping, traveling, and being able to just simply enjoy life with her husband. Tammy is now the Owner of the Ala Carte Learning Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Windsor Office Center Director

Kristin Kerr 

Kristin Kerr has been associated with Ala Carte Learning Solutions as a Direct Instruction (DI) trainer-teacher since the inception of Ala Carte Learning Solutions and Dream Catchers Learning Centers. Her understanding of building valued relationships and skill in utilizing DI to bring about amazing results led to
her position with (SRA/McGraw Hill) to train and coach teachers across the country. Kristin has served as Director of Training for Dreamcatcher Learning Centers, to train teachers and instructors on all levels of DI, while continuing to instruct students from time to time. Ms. Kerr founded Best Connections Relationship Coaching in 2017, to guide clients in the skill of building positive caring relationships while giving them strategies and tools for effective communication, conflict resolution, and increasing connection and intimacy. Her strategies are also incorporated into a program specifically designed to help parents and teachers learn how to navigate their relationships with others. Kristin currently lives in Windsor, CO and is enjoying being the mother of two incredible teenagers.

Chief Operating Officer

Chelsie Beller

Chelsie Beller has come into Ala Carte Learning for her business background. She completed her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in 2019 and her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013. Chelsie helps with the back end operations of Ala Carte and making sure everything is running smoothly. 

Call Us: (970) 425-4570    /  355 Eastman Park Dr, Suite 200  Windsor, CO 80550

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