Diana Simpson 



    Diana has been a part of Ben Franklin Academy since the school opened in 2011.  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 twenty years, Diana has been involved in charter schools. Most recently, she served as the assistant principal for fifth through eighth grade at BFA, and before that was the assistant principal for kindergarten through fourth grade. Simpson was a teacher for 13 years, with experience in fifth grade, sixth grade and as a 6-8 grade Social Studies teacher. A self-described “Colorado girl,” Simpson received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Master’s Degree in Administration from Western State University.

    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.

    “I look forward to working with students, parents, teachers, and staff to build on BFA’s dedication to meeting the needs of each student and furthering the school’s mission and vision,” said Simpson.

    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

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        Aric Gomez

        Assistant Principal, grades K-4

        Aric feels blessed to be joining the Ben Franklin Academy staff and community. He looks forward to meeting everyone and contributing to the legacy of such a great school. Aric is a Colorado native and is very proud of that fact, as he was raised and currently lives in Littleton. He has been married for 15 years to Teresa who is also an educator and they have three amazing kids: Octavia is going into seventh grade, Peyton into fifth grade and Noah into 4-year-old Preschool. When he is not working with students, his own kids keep him busy with violin, soccer, basketball, choir, robotics, etc.
        This school year will mark his twenty-second year in education. Aric has had wonderful opportunities to be at a very wide variety of schools in his professional career. He has been a teacher for 10 years and an administrator for 11 years. He has a unique understanding of education as he has been at all levels of the K-12 continuum. In addition to being a teacher and administrator, Aric has also been a coach, club sponsor and mentor to thousands of students. He has a strong belief in the development of the whole child and that every single child is important. He looks forward to building those critical, positive and genuine relationships with all the students as they journey through Ben Franklin Academy. 

            Jason Elliott

            Assistant Principal, grades 5-8

            Jason is extremely passionate about his family, faith, education, and soccer–especially Liverpool Football Club!  He loves spending time with his wife Heather, and his kids Noah, Carter, and Brielle. Jason grew up in Aurora, attending Arkansas Elementary, Mrachek Middle School, and Rangeview High School. He captained the Rangeview Soccer team before accepting a scholarship to play soccer and attend Bethany College in rural Lindsborg, Kansas. During his tenure at Bethany, he took advantage of a study abroad program and spent the spring of 2002 attending the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. While abroad, Jason traveled much of Western Europe, including stops in Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Switzerland, and Greece. After returning to Bethany, he received a degree in Communications and moved home to Aurora.
            After working a short stint with the Westword Newspaper, Jason began coaching soccer at Rangeview High School while heading to the University of Colorado at Denver to study Education. After receiving his teaching credentials, he spent 2008-10 teaching Social Studies at Gateway High School and continued coaching soccer at Rangeview. In the fall of 2010, he started the soccer program at Vista PEAK Prep in Aurora. He joined the teaching staff at Vista PEAK in the fall of 2011 and taught Social Studies classes, as well as coached both Boys and Girls Soccer. He received a Master’s Degree in Administration and earned his Principal’s license in 2015. In 2016, he accepted a position as a Dean of Students at Vista PEAK.  
            Jason is extremely grateful, and more than excited, to be the Middle School Assistant Principal at BFA. His goals are simple: Build relationships with as many students and families as possible, ensure our students are reaching their full academic, social, and emotional potential, and help our students prepare for the future.  

                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.

                    Halsley Hoff 

                    Business Manager


                    Halsley is thrilled to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy family.  She was involved with our PTO from the beginning initially serving as the Fundraising Coordinator and then as 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.

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