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 7 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 24 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!
Sage Gehr
Music Teacher
Voicemail: 303-982-1825
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Sage is from Boulder, Colorado and graduated from CU Boulder with a B.A. in music and a minor in education.  Sage has worked in a variety of different music education settings, from preschool music all the way up to high school marching band. Their favorite part of working with children is watching them grow and improve. In their spare time, Sage enjoys dancing, reading, and video games.

Dave Brigman
Physical Education
Voicemail: 303-982-1799
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Hi, Lawrence Community! My name is Dave Brigman and this is my 9th 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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