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

MEET OUR TEAM





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.

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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 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. 

 

Email: margo@alacartelearning.com

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Margo Barnhart

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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. 

Vice President

Jerry Barnhart

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, www.childrensleadershipinstitute.org. 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.

 

 

Email: vicki@alacartelearning.com

Fort Collins Center Director

Dr. Vicki Rueckert

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.

 

Email: tammy@alacartelearning.com

Greeley Office Center DIrector

Tammy Torres Buhring

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.

Instruction Consultant

Kristin Kerr 

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Sara Rasmussen’s passionate belief that every child can learn, has shaped her educational journey.  Her 21 years of educational service has provided opportunities as a teacher, an instructional coach, an assistant principal, a principal and a director overseeing elementary and EC-8 schools.  In all of these roles, Ms. Rasmussen has played an integral and collaborative part in moving schools from failure to success.  She has a strong vision on how to reimagine teaching and learning, so that today’s students can be successful for tomorrow’s opportunities.  Knowing that the environment can be as important as the instruction, she has served on the design committee for a new EC-8 school, hired and mentored the principal and focused on ensuring the middle school expectations met the required rigor needed to move into the high school setting.  In Sara’s pursuit of equity and access for each and every student, she continues to uncover the barriers to student success and support leaders and teachers with strategies needed to provide the best learning opportunities every day.

Turnaround Specialist 

Sara Rasmussen

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Evgeniya “Jane” has always loved traveling and learning languages. Born and raised in Novosibirsk, Russia in a family of academicians and pedagogues, she received a classical education in a variety of disciplines providing a solid foundation for her pursuit of a career in linguistics. As a non-native English speaker, Jane has a fundamental understanding of second language acquisition. However, her appreciation for linguistics has not been confined to learning about the intricacies of the English language; Jane has always wanted to share her passion and experience in second language acquisition with others. In 2012, Jane obtained a Master’s degree in Linguistically Diverse Education at the University of Northern Colorado and went on to teaching international and domestic students as well as collaborating with UNC faculty in all things international. She now leads a team of dedicated professionals in the Intensive English Program at University of Northern Colorado and teaches linguistics for undergraduate students who seek endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education (CLD).

CLD Specialist 

Evgeniya "Jane" Borisova