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.
Barbara Spencer, K-5 Assistant Principal: Barbara Spencer was born and raised in San Jose, California. Her undergraduate is in Combined Science of Sociology and Psychology from Santa Clara University. Having been in business for several years, she turned to teaching and began her second career in education 18 years ago. She has taught Kindergarten through 4th grade and did her student teaching in 5th grade. Having moved to Westminster, CO in 2004, she was introduced to Charter schools, Core Knowledge and Saxon Math. She has been very involved in a variety of leadership opportunities including Interim Principal, induction, mentoring, assessment, and curriculum. As a life long learner, she returned to school and received her Masters in Education in Professional Leadership in 2009 from Regis University. She is dedicated to the children in the school and coaching new teachers by assisting them and supporting them in their chosen profession. In 2010, Barbara was honored by being selected the Imagine Charter School Teacher of the Year and then went on to become their 2010 Colorado Regional Imagine Charter School Teacher of the Year. She is a Love and Logic Trainer and assists parents in raising their children to be respectful and responsible children. In May 2011, she was honored when selected to represent teachers from the state and serve on the STAR Teacher Council for the Colorado League of Charter School. Barbara is married to Mike, her high school sweetheart. He is a Director at Staples Colorado Corporate headquarters. They have been married 33 years. She enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, playing with her Golden Retriever, gardening, and watching the sports teams from the Bay Area, especially the San Jose Sharks.
Teacher Representative and Second Grade Teacher
Beth was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. In December of 2002, she graduated from California University of PA with a degree in Elementary Education.
Beth has been teaching at the elementary level for 11 years. Beth was a reading tutor and substitute teacher before she began full time teaching. Starting in 2005, she taught second grade at a Pittsburgh charter school for two years. In 2007, she moved to the Northern VA/DC area where she continued to teach second grade at a public school. In 2010, Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Education at George Mason University.
After living in VA for five years, she and her husband, Ben, and her dog, “Marcus” decided it was time for a change from hectic, fast-paced world of DC and relocated to Colorado! This is Beth’s fourth year at Ben Franklin Academy and her second year on the Student Accountability Committee. She is looking forward to another year in second grade! She is extremely impressed by the dedicated parents at BFA and the terrific students who put a smile on her face every day.
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.
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.