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.
Corey Burgesser - Vice Principal
Eleven years ago, Corey began his education career teaching third grade at Normandy Elementary in Jefferson County. Like Ben Franklin Academy, Normandy Elementary is a Core Knowledge school with a curriculum that enabled students to grow and reach their individual potential. After six years of teaching at Normandy, Corey had the opportunity to become the first assistant principal of North Star Academy in Douglas County. Corey describes it as a fantastic experience; the ability to work with teachers as well as students, to implement a curriculum at another Core Knowledge school. However, after four years, the classroom began calling Corey back. He looks forward to returning to the classroom.
Corey graduated in 1998 from Metro State with a degree in History. Later, he received his master’s form the University of Phoenix in Elementary Administration.
A Colorado native, Corey is the youngest of eleven, and is engaged to be married. As long as he can remember, Corey has always loved sports (especially football) and has had a strong desire to coach. Teaching is a natural fit for Corey.
Diana Simpson - Academic Director
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.
Jason Cochrane - Academic Director
Jason is excited to continue his third year as a BFA staff member. He constantly looks forward to sharing his passion for science and technology with students as the 4-8 Academic Director. Jason joined BFA in 2011 from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he taught ninth and tenth grade science for five years. While at Kennedy, Jason taught biology and earth science and acted as a technology and academic support facilitator to staff. He also coached soccer and sponsored the table tennis club. Jason is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 5-12 Science and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Jason and his wife, Kelsey, enjoy being outside and active with family, friends, and their dog Hubble during the warm summer months and up in the mountains during the winter months for skiing and hiking.
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 - Business Manager
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.