4th Grade Teachers

Karen Tenney


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Karen is thrilled to be teaching another year of fourth grade at BFA. This will be Karen’s sixth 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 sophomore at Thunderridge High School and an eighth grader at Ranch View Middle School.  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 Van Wyk


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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 9th 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 17 years.  They have three boys, one in 2nd, 4th and 7th, 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.

Cheryl is excited to join Ben Franklin Academy this year. Entering her ninth year of teaching, Cheryl has an undergraduate in Interior Design from Kansas State University and a masters in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.

Cheryl is a Kansas girl at heart, but loves the beauty of the scenery and people in Colorado. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her daughter Jordan, a sophomore at TRHS and a houseful of furry friends. Her daughter Taylor, who also plans on being a teacher, is beginning her second year as a student at Arizona State University. And apparently Cheryl just can’t seem to get enough of teaching because she is also a driver’s education teacher and tutor in her spare time.

Cheryl is an innovative teacher who believes strongly in the value of an education and in using technology to teach and relate to children in the ever-changing environment they are growing up in. She believes in one-on-one relationships and encourages students to pursue the things they love.

Cheryl looks forward to meeting all the new students and their families and turning all of them into soccer and Broncos fans.

Cathy Olsen


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Cathy is starting her second year at BFA as a fourth grade Instructional Aide and an as-needed substitute teacher.  She is a licensed teacher with ten years of experience, primarily in grades 5 and 6, and holds a CO Reading Teacher (K-12) endorsement. Cathy attended Brigham Young University where she secured her B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising and her Teacher Certification in Elementary Education. Cathy also furthered her literacy studies at the University of Virginia and later transferred to the University of Colorado, Denver where she completed her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Writing. Prior to her employment with BFA, Cathy worked as a private tutor and volunteered as a Response to Intervention reading tutor at a school in the Jeffco school district.

Cathy, who is a CA native, has lived in CO for fourteen years. She loves spending time with her husband of 28 years and daughter, who also is a BYU graduate.  In addition, she enjoys traveling nationally and internationally, watching classic movies, reading non-fiction and historical fiction, studying volcanology, writing, and doing needlework.  Cathy eagerly anticipates another successful year of working with the dedicated staff and supportive families of BFA.