Bob Barber - Principal
Bob is honored to be chosen as the principal of BFA and looks forward to working with each and every BFA family to create an outstanding school and community.
Bob believes it is important for the BFA community to know him and what he brings to BFA. Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver, completed a teacher licensure program at the University of Denver and obtained his Master of Arts Degree in Education (specializing in administration and supervision) from the University of Phoenix. Bob has been an educator for fourteen years, teaching grades five through eight and serving as the assistant principal at another Core Knowledge school in Douglas County. Bob firmly believes that educators have an obligation to provide the best academic setting for our children and one in which all children will be successful.
Bob believes his job as principal is to carry out the mission and vision of BFA’s Founding Board, and he does not take this responsibility lightly. You will find the school to be orderly, academically focused, productive and positive.
The success of opening a new charter school hinges greatly on the support of the parent community and Bob is excited to meet all of you.
Bob’s wife, Colleen, is also an educator. Bob and Colleen have been blessed with three incredible sons and the daughter they adopted from China.
Diana Simpson - Asst. Principal (Middle School)
Diana is excited to be part of what, in her view, will become the best school in Douglas County. She looks forward to the challenge of bringing the Founding Board’s vision and dream for this school to fruition. Diana looks forward to getting to know each BFA family over the next few months.
As Academic Director at Ben Franklin Academy, Diana is responsible for overseeing the academic achievement of the school. Diana wants to see every child succeed and grow academically. She wants to make sure that the teachers have all the tools they need to make that happen for each of their students. The science program at BFA should be unmatched in the community and character education will be a focus, not an afterthought.
For the past thirteen years, Diana has been involved in charter schools. She taught fifth grade for five years, sixth grade for six years and, most recently, Social Studies to sixth through eighth graders. She also served on the Governing Board at another Douglas County charter school for three years. A self-described “Colorado girl,” Diana received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado and is excited to be starting a master’s degree program in the fall.
Diana and her family are excited to be a part of this new community.
Barbara Spencer - Asst. Principal (K-5)
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. They have a daughter Johannah, who is a special event coordinator for Presentation High School and lives in California with her husband Brad, a San Jose firefighter. Barbara was an award winning floral designer and event planner. 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.
Barbara believes that being a part of the charter school community is working as a team, with others who want to make a difference in education. Serving the Ben Franklin community as the K-5 Assistant Principal is her dream career job.
Kristen Goldberg - Preschool Director
Kristen is a highly qualified individual with a passion for early childhood development. She has a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also has more than six years experience as an early childhood director and six years experience teaching at the preschool level. Kristen's leadership skills are the building blocks for which BFA's Core Knowledge preschool will become the mark for greatness in early childhood development.
Brenda Sepan - Director of Finance
Brenda Sepan is extremely excited to be joining the Ben Franklin Academy team as the Business Manager. Her professional background includes Market Research Consulting for Equifax, Inc. as well as Marketing and Business Development in the Automotive Industry. In addition, she owned a small Colorado-based consulting business which performed general accounting support to small/medium sized businesses. She is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Brenda comes to us from the business office of a neighboring charter school.
A proud Colorado native, Brenda graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Business Administration. She enjoys spending time outdoors, camping and hiking and has recently taken an interest in running and Tae Bo with hopes of finishing the Rock and Roll Colorado Half Marathon this year. An important aspect of her life is her family family; her husband Joe, two sons (who will both be attending Ben Franklin) and a dog named Gus.
Burgandy Hodge - Operations Director
Burgandy is one of the original volunteers that helped to open BFA during her time as a stay at home mom. She is honored to be selected as the Operations Director. Her background includes 15 years of professional HR/Recruiting and Operations management experience in various capacities. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration, with 6 years in the United States Army as a CIO and HR Manager and training as a facilitator in Six Sigma and Lean Business Process Improvement. Burgandy has had the pleasure of coaching, mentoring, leading and managing in very diverse industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, education and military settings. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, traveling and working out.
Burgandy and her husband Steven, son and daughter who both attend BFA love being a part of the Ben Franklin Academy community.