Asst. Principal (Grades 5-8)Email
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 RockiesFaculty Favorites
Asst. Principal (Grades K-4)Email
Barbara Spencer is honored to serve the students, staff, and parents at Ben Franklin Academy. 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. After moving to Colorado in 2004, she hastaught in 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 and they live in Westminster, CO. They have a daughter Johannah, who is a special events coordinator for Cisco Systems and lives in California with her husband Brad, a San Jose firefighter. Barbara enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and enjoying her 2 Golden Retrievers. She is a Bay Area sports fan, cheering especially for the San Jose Sharks.
Barbara believes that being at BFA is Joy at Work.Faculty Favorites
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.
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.Faculty Favorites