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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.
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 has been a part of Ben Franklin Academy since the school opened. She is excited to see the founding Board’s mission and vision being realized on a daily basis in the school. She looks forward to continue partnering with families to make Ben Franklin Academy THE charter school of choice in Douglas County.
For the past eighteen 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 Master’s Degree in Administration from Western State University and her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
As Asst. Principal (Middle School) at BFA, 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.
Diana and her husband, Kevin, live in Parker with their three dogs. Her son, Kenny, is attending the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and is studying PGA Golf Management. Her family loves to travel and spend time together cheering on the Broncos and the Rockies
Barbara Spencer - Asst. Principal (K-5)
Barbara Spencer is honored to serve the students, parents and staff at Ben Franklin Academy this year. She was born and raised in San Jose, California. Her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University is in Combined Science of Sociology and Psychology. She has taught Kindergarten through 4th grade over the past 2 decades. She taught in a private school in California. After moving to Colorado in 2004, she has taught in a variety of charter schools. Barbara was acknowledged for her teaching skills and contributions to charter schools by being awarded the Colorado Regional Imagine Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2010 and STAR Teacher Council for the Colorado League of Charter School in 2011. As a life long learner, she returned to school and graduated with her Masters in Education in Professional Leadership from Regis University.
Barbara is married to Mike, her high school sweetheart live in Westminster, CO. He is a Director at Staples Colorado and loves to play golf. They have been married 34 years. They have a daughter Johannah, who is a special event coordinator and lives in California with her husband Brad, a San Jose firefighter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, enjoying her 2 Golden Retrievers, gardening, and watching the sports teams from the Bay Area, especially the San Jose Sharks.
Barbara believes that being a part of the BFA community is working as a team and with others who want to make a difference in our children’s life journey.
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.
Burgandy Hodge - Operations Director
Burgandy is one of the original volunteers that helped to open Ben Franklin Academy during her time as a stay at home mom. She is honored to be returning as the Operations Director. Her background includes 16 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. She is a trained 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, her husband Steven, son JR (a BFA graduate), and daughter London, who attends BFA, love being a part of the BFA community.
Halsley Hoff - Business Manager
Halsley is thrilled to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy family. She has been involved with our PTO since the beginning initially as the Fundraising Coordinator and for the past 2 years as the Secretary. Halsley is a Colorado native and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to BFA she worked as the Clinic/Grants & Contracts Manager at the Barbara Davis Center. She enjoys anything crafty from photography to scrapbooking, camping & hiking, and spending time with her husband and two daughters, who both attend BFA.