Middle School Teachers

Kate Crespo

kcrespo@bfacademy.org

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Kate is excited to be starting her third year with BFA as the Middle School Math Teacher. Kate earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010 and received a bachelor’s of science degree in Information Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2004, where she played basketball and soccer.

Kate has been married for eight years, and has two children, a son who attends BFA, and a toddler daughter.  Kate and her husband, Jose, also have two dogs named Mufasa and Nala.  Kate grew up in New Jersey and feels lucky to have called Colorado home for the past eight and a half years.  Kate enjoys staying fit, taking long walks, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family and close friends. She can't wait to help kids have fun learning math at BFA.

Marty Denham

mdenham@bfacademy.org

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Marty is excited to return to Ben Franklin Academy this year to teach 7th and 8th grade science.  She came to Ben Franklin last year after teaching 12 years at Cherry Creek Academy, which is also a Core Knowledge charter.    Her experience also includes three years of teaching high school science in Byers, Colorado.  Marty received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education, from the University of Wyoming.
Marty has been married for 27 years to husband Dave.  Their son, Jack will be attending his first year of college at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.   They have a number of pets, including three dogs, a cat, a bird, a snake, and many fish.    When away from school, Marty enjoys golfing, traveling, crafting, and spending time with friends.  

She is looking forward to seeing all of her returning students, meeting new ones, and having a super year with everyone!

Genevieve Gibson

ggibson@bfacademy.org

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Genevieve is very happy to be teaching 7th grade Social Studies with the same wonderful group of students as last year!  Genevieve joined BFA as a 2nd grade Instructional Aide (IA) in BFA’s inaugural year and continued as a 5th grade IA and math teacher the following year.  Last year, Genevieve had a great time teaching 6th grade Social Studies!  A Colorado native, Genevieve attended the University of Colorado and holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs.  Before her daughter was born, Genevieve worked primarily in the mutual fund industry. 

In her search for a school that was a great fit for her family, Genevieve came across BFA and is proud to be a part of BFA’s founding family and the entire BFA community.  Genevieve and her husband love to camp and play tennis and basketball with their two kids.  In her spare time, Genevieve loves to run, read about history and politics, and travel.  Genevieve is very grateful for the opportunity to work at Ben Franklin Academy.

Lisa Dychus

ldychus@bfacademy.org

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Lisa is excited to return for her second year at BFA as a middle school math teacher.  She earned her BA in Mathematics from Lehigh University and completed her MA in Teaching at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.  As a teacher, Lisa aims to inspire her students to become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.  She incorporates real-world applications of concepts to help students appreciate the mathematics all around them.  Prior to teaching, she put her problem solving skills to the test as a civilian operations research analyst for the US Navy. 

Originally from New Jersey, she enjoys spending time outdoors in all seasons and is thrilled to now call Colorado home.  When she's not in the classroom, Lisa plays ice hockey, swing dances, and enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking and skiing.  She is an avid traveler and reader, both of which fuel her passion for learning new things.

Cynthia Sieradski

csieradski@bfacademy.org

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Cynthia will joyfully be teaching 8th Grade Language Arts at Ben Franklin Academy this year.  She has a passion for language arts and loves to bring it alive for her students. Cynthia earned her bachelor of arts in English from the University of California and a Master’s Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

Cynthia has a deep professional and academic knowledge in the field of education. She has over 18 years of experience teaching elementary, high school, and university students both here and abroad.  Much of her continuing professional development includes Advanced Placement and gifted learning, academic coaching and counseling, curriculum design, writing workshops, virtual on-line learning, speaking engagements on a variety of educational topics and concerns, corporate and teacher training, leadership, and brain-based learning differences.

After traveling and living in numerous places, including Thailand and India where they ride elephants to school, Cynthia is very happy to call Colorado home.  She loves the crazy weather, the outdoor lifestyle, and exploring it all with her family.  In her spare time you can find her cheering for the Broncos, working out, traveling to exotic places, gardening, skiing with her family or (gasp!) reading a good book.  She loves the beach, good friends, music, dancing like a fool, and laughing,

Cynthia and her husband, Mike, are blessed with raising two wonderful sons; Chase, who will be a freshman at Mullen High School and Trey, who is a 7th grader at Ben Franklin Academy.  Tank, her silly little 9-pound dog, moonlights as the protector of the universe.

Katharine Olson

kolson@bfacademy.org

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Katie is excited to start her first year on the middle school team at Ben Franklin as the 7th and 8th grade writing teacher. She is about to begin her second year as an educator after having recently taught high school Drama and English. Katie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Theater Arts. 

Having been born in Kansas, Katie enjoys the daily views of the mountains and has taken up snowboarding and hiking as hobbies. When weather prohibits her from spending time outdoors, she loves to spend time on the sofa watching movies or reading books and spending time with her friends and family.

Paul Embleton

pembleton@bfacademy.org

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Paul is looking forward to his second year here at Ben Franklin Academy.  After earning his B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver, he spent two years teaching abroad in Japan.  Back to beautiful Colorado for good, he's excited to continue using his knowledge and experience in the sixth grade classroom.

As a Colorado native, Paul enjoys skiing, camping, and outdoor sports.  When not in the classroom or on the face of a mountain, Paul loves all things technology, music, and art.  Outside of his hobbies, Paul is a dedicated educator who is always keen on developing himself professionally and expanding his professional skill sets.

This year Paul seeks to expand his professional experience with new students, families, and co-workers while maintaining the high level of fun and energy he brought to the classroom last year.

Bri is excited to join Ben Franklin Academy's middle school team, for her second year. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Earth Science. For two years Bri worked at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, in Colorado Springs. Those two years she worked as a 6th grade aide, but also taught her own reading, math, and spelling classes. Bri has always had a curiosity for science. One of her most influential science teachers was her 7th grade teacher, Mrs. O’Connell. This upcoming year Bri hopes to instill a love of learning science in all of her students. Bri will also use creativity, hands-on experiences, and problem solving skills to prepare her students for 7th grade and a successful year in 6th grade.

Jean Fanning

jfanning@bfacademy.org

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This is Jean’s second year at Ben Franklin Academy and she is very excited to be the 6th Grade Social Studies teacher.  Jean was the Math Specialist last year and has been in the education field since 2002.  She loves working with children and seeing their growth and educational development.

As a Colorado native, Jean truly enjoys the different seasons here and the wonderful mountains.  In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, and hike.  Jean attended the University of Denver where she earned her K-6 Teaching degree and a BSBA in Business Management.  Her family includes her husband Cyrus, son Ben, and 2 dogs & 2 cats.  Ben is a junior at Regis Jesuit High School; he is in Boy Scouts and loves to play golf.  Jean’s husband is a dentist and his practice is in Denver, in the Lowry Town Center. 

Please feel free to contact Jean for any reason; she is here for her students and their parents.

 

Aaron Paul

apaul@bfacademy.org

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Aaron is excited to begin his first year at BFA as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher. Aaron started his professional career as a Police Officer and served the community for 11 and half years.  While serving as a Police Officer Aaron earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration. After a four-year assignment as a School Resource Officer at a local high school Aaron decided he wanted to impact our youth from the classroom.  Aaron went back to school and received his Masters in Education. 

Aaron was born in Iowa and moved to the Lakewood area as a child and grew up in the Green Mountain area. Aaron is married with two children who attend BFA. Aaron enjoys golfing, football, basketball, hiking with his family and attending Bronco games with his brother.

Aaron is excited to serve the BFA community with the same pride and attention to detail that has driven him in the past. Aaron hopes to use his understanding and experience at the high school level to push his 8th grade students to be able to make the transition to 9th grade a smooth one for them.

Jennifer Molnar

jmolnar@bfacademy.org

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Jennifer will be joining Ben Franklin Academy this year as a 7th grade science teacher.  She is looking forward to returning to the classroom after teaching two years for a K12 cyber school in Pennsylvania.   Prior to her cyber position, Jennifer taught high school Physics for 3 years in a regular charter school in Northeast Philadelphia, named Franklin Towne Charter High School.  She finds it extremely ironic and amusing that she moved 2000 miles west to join yet another school also named after Ben Franklin!

Jennifer received her bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering – and Political Science -  from Bucknell University and then worked in industry for 11 years as an engineer before deciding teaching was her true calling.  She also holds a Masters in Instruction from Drexel University.

Jennifer is married to George, her husband of 25 years, and has two children:  Evan, starting 9th grade this year, and Julia, starting 7th grade.    When not in the classroom, she enjoys reading (especially about science), biking, and hiking.

She is looking forward to sharing her love of science with her students.

Christine Svensen

csvensen@bfacademy.org

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Christine is excited to come to Ben Franklin as a 6th grade math teacher after a few years away from the classroom.  Christine has taught middle school math and science for 12 years in Aurora Public Schools, then Douglas County School District.  She received her BA in Psychology and Elementary Teaching License from CU Boulder, and her MA in Education Administration & Supervision from University of Phoenix.  She cannot wait to return to the classroom and to teach middle school students again.

Christine has lived in Colorado her entire life.  She enjoys traveling to new sites with her two daughters, who are in 3rd and 5th grade here at BFA.  She and her daughters dedicate most of their time to the girls’ sports, which Christine absolutely loves to watch and coach.  She appreciates all that Colorado has to offer, including amusement parks, museums, zoos, and especially the mountains with skiing during the winter and new adventures like horseback riding or rafting during the summer.

Christine is grateful to be part of the BFA community.  She looks forward to meeting all of her students and helping them maintain a love for education.