3rd Grade Teachers

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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.

Emily Pitrone



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


Nicole is so pleased to be starting her third year at Ben Franklin Academy.  She has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology through the University of Phoenix and has her Master’s of Elementary Education from Regis University. She feels so fortunate that she can share her love of learning with some incredible third graders each year.

Nicole has a passion for science, technology, and the Core Knowledge Sequence. She loves that our curriculum enables students to not only engage their parents in conversations about the world, but also teach them some things!

Nicole is a Colorado native who grew up in Highlands Ranch. She lives with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters, Mina and Natalia, who also attend BFA.  In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, hiking, biking, trivia, and playing with her new puppy.

Katie Stolk


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 Collaborative Instruction in 2004.  She's always found teaching to be her calling and loves to work with kids.  One of her passions is working in a Core Knowledge school.  Katie has spent a lot of time training in brain-based instruction and how to best create a learning environment.   

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, cooking, going to the park with Adam and grilling out with the neighborhood gang.

Katie is looking forward to her fifth year at Ben Franklin Academy.  She feels honored to have been at BFA since the day the doors opened.  She takes a lot of pride in coming to school everyday and watching us grow and thrive.