4th Grade Teachers

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Kelli Boyd


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.

Jennifer Lewicki


Mrs. Lewicki, her husband Mark and their children moved to Colorado from Phoenix, Arizona in the fall of 2014. Since then, they have enjoyed all aspects of living in a place with four seasons. She enjoys hiking, running, and walking their dog, Summer.

Teaching is something that she has always enjoyed and she strives to use her creativity and resourcefulness to bring life to any subject. She considers herself a life long learner and a student at heart. She has her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in teaching ESL. For the past twenty years, she has spent her time tutoring ESL students, teaching science enrichment classes, homeschooling her own children and teaching third and fourth grade.  Her variety of experience has broadened her understanding of the complexity and diversity of the learning process.

Jennifer has three children, a daughter who is a sophomore at Valor, and two boys who attend Ben Franklin Academy. She spent last year substituting at BFA where she got to know many of the students, teachers and staff.  The sense of community that exists is one that she has never experienced at a school before and she feels that she has finally found a home.

She is excited to teach science and language arts to fifth graders, the majority of whom she already knows. She hopes to challenge them to be higher-level thinkers and to never stop asking questions.

Karen Wall


Karen, formerly known as Karen Tenney is thrilled to be teaching another year of fourth grade at BFA. This will be Karen’s eighth 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 and senior at Thunderridge High School. Karen married to Travis Wall last year and has gained 5 more bonus children, one who is in 8th grade at BFA. 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, the beach, pedicures, flip-flops, chocolate, and spending time with her husband and kids.  Karen looks forward to meeting more of the wonderful BFA families and to an amazing school year.

Angie Van Wyk


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 11th year teaching.  

Angie grew up in Littleton and is lucky to have a large extended family living in the Denver area.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Trevor, for 19 years.  They have three boys, one in 4th, 6th and a freshman in high school. 

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.