May 27th, 2015

Rock Ridge Preschool Teachers


Barbara Berndt

Early Childhood Education Teacher

My name is Miss Barbara and I am the Preschool Teacher at Rock Ridge Preschool.  I have been in the education field for over 20 years. I was an assistant Director and Teacher for 9 years in Minnesota.  I have 5 years Preschool teaching experience here in Colorado.  I currently have a CDA in Early Childhood Education and a professional credential in Early Childhood Education with the Colorado Department of Professional Credentialing. I am currently working towards my ECE Degree.

I live in Castle Rock with my husband Scott and two mini-schnauzers.. Bailey and Ruby.  Scott is retired Army after 33 years of service,  who served two LONG tours in Iraq.  I have two children.  Logan, 30 who is a student at UCCS and works for a rock climbing company in Colorado Springs, Co.  He also served in the Army,  doing one tour in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq.  Hannah, 25 who after graduating from Jamestown College, is living and working in South Dakota as a Preschool Teacher with Head Start. 

I am so happy to be a part of the Douglas County School District!!  I want to surround myself with professionals who are the best in their fields and Douglas County is the place to be!  I look forward to spending time with your children helping them to become lifetime learners. 


Paula Lucas

Special Education Para



Leslie Kennedy

Early Childhood Special Educator

My name is Miss Leslie and I have taught preschool in Douglas County for 8 years. I received my BA in Psychology and recently received my Masters in Early Childhood Special Education with Regis University.

I live in Castlewood Ranch with my husband and two children, one who attends Rock Ridge Elementary and one at Mesa Middle School. We are very pleased with our experience here at RRE and hope that you have a wonderful experience as well. For fun my family and I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, and playing together.

One of my goals in life is to laugh everday! Preschool is the perfect place to achieve this goal. Young children come in so full of life and ready to take on any challenge. I marvel at their inquisitiveness. Thank you for allowing me the honor of walking next to you as we watch your child begin their academic journey.

Donna Baty

Occupational Thearpist

I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin.  I graduated from Colorado State University in 1994 with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy.  For the last 14 years I have worked as an upper extremity/hand therapist in an outpatient clinic.  This is my second year with DCSD/Preschool Program.  I am very excited about my career change.  I live in Larkspur with my husband and two children who both attend Larkspur Elementary School.  I enjoy all outdoor activities including running, hiking and being a soccer mom.

Karleen Holm

School Psychologist

I grew up on the central coast in California, San Luis Obispo.  I went to college in Spokane Washington.  Then I lived in San Francisco for 8 years and worked as a school psychologist for the Sunnyvale School District.  I moved to Princeton New Jersey and worked for Head Start for 3 years serving a very diverse population of families.  I desired to get back out west and moved to Castle Rock in 2001.  I love working in Early Childhood for Douglas County and have been with DCSD for 9 years. 

I am married to a pastor here in Castle Rock and have three daughters ages 6, 11 and 13.

Noelle Baldwin

Speech/Lang. Pathologist