4th Grade Teachers
Kelli is very excited to be apart of Ben Franklin Academy’s team. This marks her 10th year of teaching 4th grade. Kelli has her Master’s Degree through the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Adolescence and Family Studies from California State University, Bakersfield. She comes to us with 6 years of experience teaching in a Colorado charter school, teaching Core Knowledge and Saxon math.
Kelli loves running (despite the two knee surgeries in the past year), playing basketball, painting, and camping. In her free time, she enjoys spending time watching sports with her husband and playing board games with her 4 children.
Although starting later in the year, Kelli believes that this will be excellent experience. She is looking forward to working with a cohesive and welcoming team, and getting to know parents and students.
Paula is excited to be teaching fourth grade this year. This will be her fourth year at Ben Franklin Academy and her seventeenth year teaching in charter schools. She has spent her time being a Literacy Specialist, teaching technology, and teaching third through fifth grades.
Paula is from Illinois, and she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. She moved to Colorado for the second time 17 years ago and would not want to live anywhere else. When not teaching, she spends her time with her two children, Nicolas and Jenna who are both Heritage High School graduates and students at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also loves to read hike, camp, travel, and try different restaurants.
Erin Kinsella is very excited to start her teaching career at Ben Franklin Academy. Shortly after receiving her degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she enrolled in the University of Northern Colorado to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching. She was fortunate to complete her student teaching here at Ben Franklin Academy, and is very excited to begin her educational journey in the 4th grade.
In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking, cooking, yoga, Zumba, singing, spending time with her dog (Madison), and playing all types of sports. She is very passionate about working with children and families, and welcomes all to stop in at any time for a question, concern, or even a friendly hello. Erin is very eager for the new year, and is excited to become part of the BFA family.
Karen, formerly known as Karen Tenney is thrilled to be teaching another year of fourth grade at BFA. This will be Karen’s seventh year teaching fourth grade. Karen earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and received a bachelor’s degree in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Utah State University.
Karen has two children, a freshman and a junior at Thunderridge High School. She was recently married to Travis, and has gained 5 more stepchildren. Karen grew up in Littleton and feels lucky to have a large extended family close by (including several family members who attend BFA). Karen enjoys traveling, attending her children's sporting events, and reading books by the pool. She describes herself as the ultimate soccer mom, and some of her favorite things include Coke Zero from Sonic, the beach, pedicures, flip-flops, chocolate, and spending time with her kids. Karen looks forward to meeting more of the wonderful BFA families and to an amazing school year.
Angie is very excited to be teaching fourth grade at Ben Franklin Academy. Angie went to CU Boulder (go Buffs) and has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. This will be her 10th year teaching.
Angie grew up in Littleton and is lucky to have a large extended family living close by. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Trevor, for 18 years. They have three boys, one in 3rd, 5th and 8th, all at BFA. She is excited to be teaching at the same school as her boys.
With having three young boys any free time is usually on a baseball field or basketball court. Angie loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys watching movies, playing tennis, reading a good book, and getting pedicures! Angie is excited to meet her class and share her enthusiasm for learning. PLAY BALL.