Instructional Aides

Diane DePinto

Diane is excited to return for her 3rd year as a Kindergarten Instructional Aide.  She's spent the past 15 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 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He married his wife, Claire, in May and they now reside in The Woodlands, TX, a Houston suburb, where Eric is employed with Exxon Mobile and Claire is on staff at Anderson Elementary as a first grade teacher.  Diane's youngest son, Andrew, is in his junior 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!  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 children (ages 22, 18, and 9).  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.

Michelle Swierczek

Michelle works in the first grade classroom.  She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she was also a swimmer for the Huskers.  She grew up in San Diego, California, has been married for 16 years, and has 4 kids.  In her (limited) free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and martial arts.  She feels truly honored to be a part of such an amazing school.  

Janet Harlow

Janet is an Instructional Aide for the 6th 7th and 8th grade teams.  This is Janet’s 3rd 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.  She is a single mom, of two.  Her daughter is starting her first year of college and her son will be a junior 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 and baseball teams.

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 or nephews 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 Middle School this year!

Traci Lotter

Traci started at BFA in 2012. Before, she was a stay-at-home mom and volunteered for years at her boys' previous school. When her 2 boys were enrolled at BFA, Traci accepted a position as an aide in the Middle School and has enjoyed working with older students and with the Middles School teachers. 

Traci and her husband of 21 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.  Traci calls Colorado her second home. 
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, movies, reading, writing, traveling, photography and blogging.

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!

Jean Fanning

Jean Fanning is very excited to be the Math Specialist at Ben Franklin Academy.  She has been in the education field since 2002.  Jean has worked as an Instructional Aide, Child Care Assistant Director, and Educational Aide.   In these positions, she has taught K-8 students.  Jean loves working with children and seeing their growth and educational development.

Jean is a Colorado native and attended the University of Denver where she earned a BSBA in Business Management and her K-6 Teaching degree.  She truly enjoys the Colorado seasons and the wonderful mountains.  Also, in her spare time she loves to read, take long walks, and watch movies.

Her family includes her husband Cyrus and son Ben.  Jean’s son is a sophomore at Regis Jesuit High School.  He is in Boy Scouts and loves to play golf.  Jean’s husband is a dentist and his practice is in Denver, in the Lowry Town Center. 

Please feel free to contact Jean for any reason; she is here for her students and their parents.

Linda Fields

Linda is happy to be part of the BFA family. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of Colorado Denver. Originally from Illinois, she moved to Colorado in 1997, and is proud to call it home. She has been married for 10 years to a wonderful husband and father, and has a 4th grader who attends BFA. Her son is very active in BMX racing, so that keeps her family busy traveling throughout the year for state and national races. When she does have some free time, she likes to spend it bike riding, gardening and catching up with friends.


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.

Amy Koenig

Amy is thrilled to be an instructional aide for the 2nd grade team. 
She is originally from southeastern Wisconsin and attended Carthage College where she earned a bachelor's degree in English.  She spent many years working in youth, family and camping ministries before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom.  Her 2 daughters attend BFA.
Amy spends much of her free time with her husband and girls camping, skiing, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.  She also loves to read, knit and go for long road and mountain bike rides.
Amy is looking forward to a fantastic year at BFA!

Pamela Patterson

Pamela is a 2nd Grade Instructional Aide at BFA, and is proud to be part of such an amazing school and community.  She has a Bachelor degree 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 11 years.  They have 3 children together:  Taylor who recently graduated from Rock Canyon and is a freshman at PLNU in San Diego, Kylie who is in 4th grade at BFA, and Ally who is in 3rd grade at BFA.  For the last 9 years, Pamela has been a stay-at-home mom, and actively involved in doing various volunteer work through her church and her children's schools and sport/cheer teams.  Pamela also served on BFA's PTO for the last two years as the Elementary & Middle School Room Parent Coordinator Chair.  She has played an active role at BFA since its inaugural year.  Pamela is looking forward to continuing her involvement with BFA, and is excited for the opportunity to get back in the classroom!