Grade 1 Teachers

1st Grade Website


Julie DePasse

Julie DePasse loves being a part of BFA’s first grade team! She began her career after graduating from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BA in Elementary Education. She taught at the first grade level in Littleton Public Schools for three years before deciding to be a full time mom for a while. When she went back to teaching, she taught at Monument Academy Charter School and her kids attended there as well. This was her introduction to the Core Knowledge Sequence, and she was hooked!  Now back in the Denver area, she is excited to be teaching in a Core Knowledge school again where the curriculum is packed full of interesting subjects to study including lots of history and science!

Mrs. DePasse grew up in Littleton, where she discovered her love of reading and learning. She believes that reading helps people see the world from a whole different window! She still loves to read today and hopes to share her love of reading and learning with her students. In addition to books, she loves watching movies, playing games with her kids, and traveling with her husband and two sons. Her favorite trips have been to Europe, especially Scotland and Ireland. She also enjoys church activities and her big, silly dog, Buster, who takes her for walks on the Highline Canal Trail… whenever he gets the chance.

Mrs. DePasse is looking forward to working with you to create an exciting and electrifying year for our BFA kiddos. GO LIGHTNING BOLTS!

Candace McGinty

This is Candace's 9th year of teaching.  Candace received her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.  Candace taught third grade in Clyde, Texas and later moved to Aurora, Colorado to teach first, second, and third grades. In 1993, Candace had her first child and decided to be a stay-at-home mom.

Candace has been teaching 1st grade  at Ben Franklin Academy for two years and has been substituting at Ben Franklin Academy for 3 years.  She truly loves the students and families at BFA.  She is  heavily invested in Core Knowledge curriculum, given that her own two children attended a Core Knowledge charter school.   She is currently in the process of earning a Master's of Education in Reading at Regis University. She plans on specializing in teaching children with dyslexia how to read. 

Candace lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband Scott of 25 years and a cute wiener dog named Wilson.  She has a son, Preston, recently graduated from Colorado State University and a daughter, Monica, who attends Pepperdine University in California.  She enjoys cooking, reading and crafting in her spare time. 

Candace truly loves the BFA community and can't wait to meet her new class of first graders!

Theresa North

Theresa is a native California girl who LOVES the beach.  She moved to Colorado 15 years ago and although she misses the ocean, 

she loves all the hiking, bike paths and serenity Colorado has to offer.  She feels extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to raise her family here. 

This will be Theresa's 2nd year here at Ben Franklin Academy. She got her BA in Liberal Arts at Dominguez Hills University in CA. Her first teaching job was just a few blocks from the beach!! She has been an educator for 18 years and especially loves working with the little ones.  "Their enthusiasm for life is contagious!" 

Theresa lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and three children ages 18, 16 and 10.  She loves to hang out with friends and family in her free times and is a big fan of the BRONCOS!!  She loves getting to be a part of the BFA family and is looking forward to another exciting year teaching. 

Brittany Parsons

Brittany Parsons is excited to rejoin the Ben Franklin Academy team, though many of you may recognize her better as Brittany Klee who previously taught Kindergarten here. Last summer Brittany married the man of her dreams and moved down to Colorado Springs. She is eager to start her fifth year teaching at her favorite elementary school.

Her passion for teaching flourished from watching her mother teach and quickly developed into her own love for teaching. She enjoys incorporating her joy of reading into her own classroom in hopes of inspiring the same love in her students. Soaking up the glorious sunshine, hiking and camping in the beauty of Colorado, and adventuring with her husband are a few of her favorite things. She feels blessed to be teaching first grade at BFA and is enthusiastic to experience another wonderful school year there!