Instructional Aides

Diane DePinto

Diane is excited to return for her 4th year as a Kindergarten Instructional Aide.  She's spent the past 16 years teaching mostly primary Spanish at Platte River Academy, another Core Knowledge Charter School.  She will continue that role at Platte River, teaching classes in the mornings and spending her afternoons at Ben Franklin.

Diane is originally from Kansas, but has called Colorado home since 1985.  She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, Ken, a civil engineer and senior project manager with Atkins.  Her eldest son, Eric, is a 2013 graduate of the Colorado School of Mines.  He and his wife, Claire, live in Spring, TX, a Houston suburb, where Eric is employed as an electrical engineer with ExxonMobil and Claire is on staff at Anderson Elementary as a 2nd grade teacher.  Diane's youngest son, Andrew, is in his senior year at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs where he is studying Psychology.

Diane loves working with elementary students and feels blessed to be a part of BFA's amazing kindergarten team!

Tina Dorsch

Tina loves working as an Instructional Aide with the fantastic Ben Franklin Academy Kindergarten team!  She has been at BFA since the beginning and loves it.  Prior to working at BFA, Tina had worked and volunteered at Platte River Academy, where her children have attended school.  Tina worked with Susan Klee at Platte River as her Teacher’s Aide for 3 years, and as a Hot Lunch Supervisor for 4 years.

Tina moved to Colorado in 1995 from Southern California where she was born and raised.  She loves Colorado and it has proven to be an amazing place to raise her family.  She and her husband keep busy with their 3 kids, ages 23, 19 and 10.  Her favorite pastimes are reading, walking, boating, serving at her church, and spending time with her family and friends.  Tina feels blessed to be a part of Ben Franklin Academy.

Janet Harlow

Janet is an Instructional Aide for the 5th and 6th grade teams.  This is Janet’s 4th year as an aide for the upper grades, and she loves working with the young adults of the age group.  This summer, Janet was also the Co-Director of the BFA Summer Camp and is an active teacher for the BASE program.  She is a single mom, of two.  Her daughter is starting her second year of college and her son will be a senior in high school.  Janet is active within her community of Highlands Ranch, especially at the high school level where she is involved with volunteering for the football team.

Janet has lived in Colorado since 2006, after many years in Texas.  A Wyoming native, she follows both the University of Texas and University of Wyoming athletics. She enjoys drawing, painting, and reading.  Check out the many bulletin boards at BFA, as one of Janet’s favorite activities is creating the bulletin boards for her teachers.  She loves watching sports: baseball, football, and basketball, especially when it comes to watching her son play.  She also enjoys helping her daughter with her own art, and reading the pages of her book in progress.   Janet is thrilled to be working with the 5th and 6th grade teams this year!

Traci Lotter

Traci started at BFA in 2012 as an Instructional Aide for the 7th and 8th teams and has enjoyed working with older students and with the Middle School teachers. This year Traci is excited to be the morning Instructional Aide for the 6th grade teams.

Traci and her husband of 22 years were born and raised in South Africa. Traci worked in the airline business for over 14 years as a software developer. Her job moved them to the UK in 1994 and to Colorado in 1999 where she continued to work in the travel industry before leaving to be a stay-at-home-mom when her youngest was 2 years old. Their two boys (Jordan, 8th grade & Cullen, 6th grade) attend BFA.

Traci and her family live with their dog, Zulu and cat, Zoe in Highlands Ranch. They enjoy the wonderful outdoor life that Colorado has to offer and take advantage of it as much as possible. Traci also enjoys graphic design, watching movies, reading, writing, traveling, photography, and blogging…all while drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Traci is excited to get to know the 6th grade students and is looking forward to working with the 6th grade teachers.

Nannette Preciado

Nannette is excited to be an Instructional Aide at BFA. She has worked at Bear Canyon Elementary as a Instructional Aide and Health Room Assistant and at Ranch View Middle School with Nutrition Services. Nannette moved  to Highlands Ranch in 1995 from California. Nannette and her husband have two children, Rob and Lauren. Rob attends  University of Northern Colorado and Lauren Mountain Vista High School. Nannette enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with her family. She is very excited to be part of Ben Franklin Academy and loves working with the Kindergartner students.

Dana Tromeur-Nach

Dana is an Instructional Assistant for the 3rd grade team. Before coming to BFA, she had worked at Coyote Creek Elementary as an Educational Assistant.  Dana moved to Highlands Ranch in 2009 from New Jersey and she absolutely LOVES it here!! She loves the sunshine, mountains and the people. Dana and her husband have three children, three cats, and a dog. She is very excited to be part of Ben Franklin Academy!

Ali Sarouhan

Ali is happily returning to Ben Franklin’s kindergarten team as one of the aides. Her son will be in 6th grade at Ben Franklin this year and her daughter is starting her senior year in high school. As a founding family, Ali is very excited to be working at Ben Franklin, especially with the kindergarteners!

Ali and her husband have been married 19 years and started out in San Diego where she taught 2nd and 6th grade. After moving all over the country, she and her family are very happy to call Colorado home. In her free time, Ali enjoys watching her kids’ sporting events (swimming, baseball, and football), reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Ali loves working with the kindergarten students and team and is looking forward to another fun year.

Pamela Patterson

This is Pamela's 2nd year as a 2nd grade Instructional Aide at BFA, and she is proud to be part of such an amazing school and community.  She has a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Northern Colorado with a Major in Spanish and a Minor in English, with an emphasis in Secondary Education.  Pamela has been married to her husband, Rob for 12 years, and they have 3 children together:  Taylor, who is a sophomore at PLNU in San Diego, and 2 daughters, Kylie (5th grade) and Ally (4th grade) who both attend  BFA.  Pamela has been actively involved in various volunteer work through her church, children's schools, and sport/cheer teams for the past 19 years.  Pamela also served on BFA's PTO for 2 years as the Elementary & Middle School Room Parent Coordinator Chair, and has played an active role at BFA since its inaugural year.  Pamela is looking forward to continuing her involvement with BFA, is excited for another fantastic school year, and can't wait to work with the new 2nd grade classes!

Katie Carvill

Katie is a Colorado native. She is currently attending MSU Denver to obtain a degree in Human Development and Elementary Education. This is Katie's second year at BFA working with the 3rd grade team and she absolutely loves it. For now, Katie is enjoying the hands on experiences she is getting from being an instructional aide, but she can't wait to have a classroom of her own in the near future.

Apart from studying and working, Katie loves to travel, spend time with her family, and watch a lot of ice hockey. She is looking forward to another great school year at BFA!

Jillane Disbrow

Jillane is very excited to be joining the BFA staff as the afternoon Instructional Aide for first grade.  Originally from Wyoming, she attended the University of Wyoming where she received a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Psychology.  She has been married to her husband, Adam, for 19 years and they have two daughters, Jensen (7th grade) and Marin (4th grade) who go to school at BFA. She and her family have lived in Highlands Ranch for the past eight years. Jillane is very active in her church. She sings in the choir, leads a ladies Bible study and has taught Sunday school to kindergartners and first graders. In her spare time she enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and spending time with her family and her two adorable Schnoodles, Sizzles and Cinder. She also enjoys dining out at the great restaurants that Denver/Highlands Ranch has to offer and loves dessert, especially anything that has chocolate in it.
 
She looks forward to working with the first grade teaching team and can't wait to meet the 2014-2015 first grade class!

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer  first joined BFA as a Lunch Aide 2 years ago after enjoying her time of volunteering in the lunchroom. Last year she was happy to be the afternoon 6th grade Aide. She is thrilled this year to be moving up with the kids and becoming a 7th grade Aide. She is excited to continue on with the same kids she got to know last year, and to work with the great middle school team.

Married for 13 years to Rod, they have two children who attend BFA (Rodger, 5th ; Ashley, 2nd). In her spare time Jennifer loves to read, write, puzzles, and swimming with the kids.

Kimberly Blum

kblum@bfacademy.org

Kimberly Blum is thrilled to work at BFA as the Librarian and Math Specialist.  She was a very active founding parent helping set up the library and in many other areas.

Kimberly spent 10 years in banking and personal finance education before staying home with her children for 4 years.  She received her BA in Management and Corporate Communications from Buena Vista University and received her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Kimberly has a real heart for children that are struggling with learning to read and do math and hopes to use her positions as librarian and math specialist to make a difference in their lives.  Kimberly lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and 2 daughters who attend BFA.