Grade 1 Teachers

Sarah Carpenter

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Sarah has had the joy of teaching for the past eight years.  She has taught 3rd Grade, Kindergarten, and now First Grade.  She really feels she has found her niche in First Grade.  She enjoys sharing the love of learning with children.  Children have captured Sarah's heart for sometime, and she cannot imagine doing anything other than teaching.  

Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, with an Extension in Early Childhood Education, from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.  She received her master's degree in Reading from Northwest Missouri State University.

Sarah and her husband have made Highlands Ranch their home, as of almost 3 years ago.  Following their wedding in Breckenridge, she and her husband settled down in Highlands Ranch.  Sarah and her husband are expecting their first baby this December.  Sarah has quickly fallen in love with the mountains and sunny Colorado.  Some of Sarah's favorite things to do include cooking with her husband, entertaining, spending time with friends and family, gardening, traveling, running, reading, shopping, and just enjoying the simple joys of life.

Kerrie Maas-Baldwin

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This will be Kerrie's twelfth year of teaching and she's excited to be returning to BFA.  She looks forward to another wonderful and productive year with the BFA staff, parents, and all of her new students.  

Kerrie earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she double majored in Human Development and Families Studies and Psychology.  Upon graduating, Kerrie moved to California to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and her teaching credentials from Pepperdine University.  

Having previously lived in California, Kerrie and her husband Jesse enjoyed playing beach volleyball, swimming in the ocean, and riding their road bikes through the canyons.  Now as residents of Colorado, they love being outdoors exploring the Rockies, biking, skiing, and gardening.  They also have 2 young puppies, Rocky and Sierra, so they are frequent visitors of the dog parks and hiking trails.  Being a Wisconsin native, Kerrie is an avid football fan and loves watching her Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers!  Kerrie and her husband are thrilled to welcome their first baby at the end of September!

Tiffany Saleh

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Tiffany teaches first grade at BFA and loves it! She thinks it is incredible to watch the students' development and growth throughout this precious year! She was a part of BFA before it opened and loves being involved from the beginning. Tiffany has dedicated her life and career to helping children succeed.  She strives to be a teacher that consistently differentiates and builds on the strengths and learning styles of each student in order for them to thrive, develop a love for learning, and develop strong character.

Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Services from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She received a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Elementary Education License from the University of Colorado. 

Tiffany lives in Highlands Ranch with her fabulous husband of 20 years and her 4 precious children.  Her two youngest attend BFA.  Tiffany completed her fifth triathlon and first 1/2 marathon.  Along with swimming, biking, and running, she enjoys skiing, hiking, exploring new places, learning new things, participating in Bible study, remodeling, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.  Tiffany and her family are thrilled to be on this journey with the BFA community.

Debbie Kessler

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Debbie is excited for the school year and feels fortunate to continue teaching first grade at BFA. As a teacher, she feels that it is her obligation to encourage students to be successful, to give them every opportunity to excel, and to challenge them to their fullest potential. In addition, She believes that it is important to teach and model good character in a nurturing classroom environment.

Originally from Ohio, Debbie’s undergraduate degree is from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. She moved to Colorado 11 years ago and received her Colorado teaching license and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Regis University. She loves children and enjoys helping them learn and grow.

Living in Highlands Ranch, Debbie has three children and spends most of her free time with her family. In addition, she enjoys the outdoors, working out at the gym, attending church activities, and spending time with friends.

Debbie is so happy to be a part of this wonderful school community.