Art, Music, Physical Education


Katie Orpet
Art Teacher
Voicemail: 303-982-0343
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Hi Lawrence families! I'm Katie Orpet and I am an art teacher here at Lawrence Elementary. I grew up in the foothills outside of Denver, attended Jeffco schools as a student, and now have been a Jeffco educator for about 6 years in all. I live in Arvada with my husband, my puppy, and our 3 chickens. When I am not teaching, you can find me making pottery, walking my dog, or enjoying outdoor activities such as paddleboarding, hiking, and camping. I'm looking forward to a new school year of creativity and fun!

Chris Pankratz
Art Teacher
Voicemail: 303-982-1769
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Hello Lawrence Community! I have been an Art Teacher for 23 years. I work at Fremont Elementary and Lawrence. I was born and raised in Lakewood, CO and live in Arvada with my 3 kids and my husband. My favorite things are my pets (a cat and a dog) and my flower garden. I enjoy painting and creating art projects in my spare time. I also love to hike and bike ride. I am working on hiking all of the Colorado 14'ers, but I still have a long way to go !  I am fascinated by machines and work on car rebuilds with my husband. It is really a pleasure to teach Art to all the students at our school. I have a fun job!
Cherise Centi
Music Teacher
Voicemail: 303-982-1817
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Hi Lawrence Family! 
My name is Cherise Centi and I am so excited to be your Music Teacher this year. This will be my second year teaching Music at Lawrence Elementary. In the past I have taught in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia; but last year I fell in love with everything about Lawrence and our community here and now I can't see myself anywhere else! I'm looking forward to diving deeper into various instruments this year, like the recorder, and hopefully bringing in some special musical guests. In my free time I love playing my ukulele and singing, snowboarding, camping, hiking, and going to a lot of concerts. I can't wait to start making music with everyone this year!


Dave Brigman
Physical Education
Voicemail: 303-982-1799
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Hi, Lawrence Community! My name is Dave Brigman and this is my 8th year as Lawrence's P.E. Teacher. I'm originally from the Chicago area where I graduated from DePaul University with a focus on Elementary Education. My roles over the years have included Elementary Teacher, Math Interventionist, and now my true passion: Physical Education. I'm a husband, father of two, outdoor enthusiast, music fanatic, avid reader, and advocate for all things wellness. Cheers to an awesome year!

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