The state of Colorado requires each school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC) consisting of parents, teachers, and community members charged with advising the administration on the improvement of the school. The SAC is tasked with informing, encouraging, and providing opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC reports to the principal and participates in the District Accountability Committee (DAC). SAC also serves as a sounding board for community concerns.
To achieve these goals throughout the year the SAC members will:
- Review every policy and procedure at BFA and make recommendations to the Board
- Review Standardized Assessment Data with school administration – identify areas of needed growth
- Review the schools Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) developed by the school administration to address needed areas of growth
- Participate in monthly District Accountability Committee (DAC) Meetings with the Douglas County School District
- Administer Parent Satisfaction Surveys – report results and SAC recommendations to the Board
- Administer Student Satisfaction Surveys – report results and SAC recommendations to the Board
All meetings are open to the public and publicized beforehand. We encourage parents and other community members to attend. Currently, Sarah Nisbet chairs the SAC committee. Our upcoming meeting dates can be found under the Parents Tab School Calendar.
Sarah obtained a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University and is EC-4 certified in the state of Texas. She has five years teaching experience in a Kindergarten classroom in Alvin, TX. While teaching she became ESL certified, GT trained, was a member of the literacy collaborative, and mentored a new teacher and a student teacher. Sarah is now a busy mom to three little girls, demonstrates Nespresso coffee machines on the weekends, does some admin work from home, and is Jr. Finance for her MOPS group. When not helping at BFA Sarah enjoys hiking and biking with her girls and their dog Logan in beautiful Colorado!
Mette was born raised just outside Houston, Texas and attended Louisiana Tech University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. She was crowned Miss Louisiana 1997 and after placing in the Top Ten at Miss America she traveled throughout Louisiana and the South speaking to thousands of students about the Character Counts! program and was instrumental in legislation requiring all schools in Louisiana to implement character education. She worked for GlaxoSmithKline and Icos Biotech before becoming a full-time mom. She and her husband Bill moved to Colorado in 2009 and in 2011 their oldest son was fortunate to be in the first class of BFA kindergarteners. With their youngest in kindergarten this year, all three of their boys are now all together at BFA.
Kindie PM Aide and SAC Recorder
Kathy is very excited to join the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a kindergarten aide. She is from Colorado and recently moved to Highlands Ranch where most of her extended family live. She has been married to her husband, Matt, for 24 years. They have been blessed with three wonderful sons: Tyler (22), Zach (19) and Spencer (12). Spencer is in sixth grade at BFA. In her free time, Kathy loves to travel, read, and watch the cooking channel. She even attempts to make a few of the recipes.
Cindy moved to Colorado at the age of four and graduated from The University of Colorado with a BA in Sociology and BS in Nursing. She has practiced across the country for sixteen years in the areas of Cardiology, Orthopedics and Oncology. She currently works part time at The University of Colorado Hospital as an Outpatient Nurse. Cindy and her husband, Bob, have three children who attend BFA and they feel so grateful to a part of the school’s wonderful community. When not busy with work, school and the kids’ activities, the family loves to ski, camp and travel.
Susan owns and operates Peoples Kenpo Karate Highlands Ranch with her husband and 2 boys. She also runs a women’s self defense program called Fight Like a Girl Highlands Ranch. They love to empower kiddos (and adults) by teaching them life lessons in defense, bullying, and goals. She has 2 boys that are 20 and 18. Her 20yr old is a MMA Fighter, and her 18yr old is going to ACC and helping at the karate school. In terms of her hobbies, Susan uses and informs people about Doterra Essential oils, always trying to help others help themselves to become more healthy.
Teacher Representative and Second Grade Teacher
Bryan Molen is an at-large director on the Board of Directors and the Board liaison for the SAC Committee. He grew up in the film industry in Southern California, and he also lived in northwest Montana before moving to Colorado in 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maine, Orono. He has been in the commercial risk management and insurance brokerage industry for 13 years, and currently works for Aon Risk Solutions, the largest risk and insurance brokerage in the world. Bryan, and his wife Stephanie, have 3 children and have lived in Highlands Ranch since 2010. Bryan’s current Board term ends in May 2019.