3rd Grade Teachers

Katie Stolk


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Katie began teaching in 2001 after graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in Elementary Education.  She then got her Master's degree in 2004.  She's always found teaching to be her calling and loves to work with kids.  One of her newest passions is working in a Core Knowledge school.  

In May 2007, Katie and her husband Mike moved to Colorado.  Mike, the "Mountain Man," loves to climb mountains and Katie fell in love with Colorado.  They have a little boy named Adam and together they love being outside.  Katie spends her free time gardening, hiking, riding bikes, going to the park with Adam and grilling out with the neighborhood gang.

Katie is looking forward to her third year at Ben Franklin Academy.  She feels as though BFA is such a positive and inspiring community and loves being a part of it.

Craig Macias


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Craig Macias is a Colorado native and will never leave this beautiful state.  He grew up in the Littleton area and graduated from Colorado State University (Go Rams!) with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a concentration in Elementary Education.  Craig currently lives in Highlands Ranch with his loving wife and two fantastic children, ages 10 and 7.  He has a true passion for sports and enjoys playing golf, tennis and skiing with friends and family.  Craig has coached youth football as well as a nationally ranked baseball team for the last five years.  This is Craig's third year teaching at Ben Franklin Academy and loves every minute of it. His professional background was primarily in the financial and banking industry and as a third year teacher is following his heart to education and giving back the way he has always wanted.  Craig has a real zeal for life and shows enthusiasm in everything he is involved in.


Beth Marchisio


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Beth was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  In December of 2002, she graduated from California University of PA with a degree in Elementary Education.

Beth was a reading tutor and substitute teacher before she began full time teaching.  Starting in 2005, she taught second grade at a Pittsburgh charter school for two years.

In 2007, she moved to the Northern VA/DC area where she continued to teach second grade at a public school.  In 2010, Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Education at George Mason University. After living in VA for five years, she and her husband, Ben, and her dog, “Marcus” decided it was time for a change from hectic, fast-paced world of DC and relocated to Colorado! 

This is Beth’s second year at Ben Franklin Academy and she is looking forward to teaching third grade for the first time in her teaching career! She is extremely impressed by the dedicated parents at BFA and the terrific students who put a smile on her face everyday

Emily Pitrone


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Emily has been teaching for 6 years.  Emily loves being a part of BFA. She loves to see children excel in school and help develop their love for learning. Teaching has always been her passion.

Emily received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from Colorado Christian University.

She lives with her wonderful husband and two lovely kids, (ages 10 and 7) who also attend BFA. She also enjoys reading, going to the mountains and spending time with family and friends.

Nicole Poleschook


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Nicole is elated to begin her career at BFA.  Nicole has been a stay-at-home mom and student for the past six years, earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology with the University of Phoenix and her Master’s of Elementary Education through Regis University. 

Nicole has a passion for science, technology, and the Core Knowledge Sequence. Nicole recently finished student teaching 2nd grade at a Core Knowledge charter school nearby and was thrilled to join the 3rd grade team at the greatest school in the world!

Nicole is a Colorado native who grew up in Highlands Ranch. She lives with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters, (ages 5 and 7) who also attend BFA.  In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, hiking, grilling, coaching soccer, and cheering on the Rockies.


Amy Lindgren


Amy is thrilled to be starting her first year at Ben Franklin Academy in third grade. She remembers third grade to be one of the most influential years in her life. It was in this grade that she started to develop her life long passion to become a classroom teacher.

As a Colorado native, Amy attended Azusa Pacific University in Southern California for undergrad. After graduation she moved back to Colorado to continue her education. Amy attended MSU Denver where she received her teaching license and Masters in Education.

In her free time she loves to sew, paint, and spend time with friends. When she gets the chance she loves to travel to different cities all over the United States.

Amy is inspired by the way Ben Franklin uses Core Knowledge to produce life long learners and cannot wait to be a part of that process.  She feels incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the BFA family.