Instructional Aides

    Kathy Chase

    Kindie PM Aide and SAC Recorder

    Kathy is very excited to join the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a kindergarten aide.  She is from Colorado and recently moved to Highlands Ranch where most of her extended family live.  She has been married to her husband, Matt, for 24 years.  They have been blessed with three wonderful sons:  Tyler (22), Zach (19) and Spencer (12). Spencer is in sixth grade at BFA.  In her free time, Kathy loves to travel, read, and watch the cooking channel.  She even attempts to make a few of the recipes.

     
    Kathy loves children and is thrilled to be a part of the kindergarten team.

        Celeste Johnson

        Kindie AM

            Nannette Preciado

            Kindie AM

            Nannette is excited to be an Instructional Aide at Ben Franklin Academy. 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 attends Colorado State University. Nannette enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her family.

             
            Nannette is very excited to be part of BFA and loves working with the kindergarten students.

                Melissa Eframo

                Kindie PM

                    Jillane Disbrow

                    Kindie PM

                    Jillane is very excited to begin her fourth year at Ben Franklin Academy as the afternoon Instructional Aide for kindergarten.  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 for 22 years and they have two daughters, one who is a sophomore at Arapahoe High School, and one who is a seventh grader at BFA. 

                    Jillane looks forward to working with the kindergarten teaching team again and helping sweet kinds learn and grow during the 2017-18 school year.

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                        Tamar Amiscary

                        Kindie PM/Floater

                        Tamar is excited to be joining the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a full time Instructional Aide for kindergarten.  She has lived in Colorado since the age of 5.  She graduated from CU Boulder with B.S. in Applied Mathematics.  She loves working with children and has previous experience working with them at the elementary, middle school, and high school level.  Tamar has been married for 13 years and has two children in the 5th and 8th grades who attend Ben Franklin  Academy.  She loves to bake, reading books and spending quality time with her family.

                            Mika Hurd

                            1st Grade

                                Holly Melka

                                2nd Grade AM

                                Holly is an Instructional Assistant for the 2nd grade team.  She is a Colorado native.  She has taught Pre- kindergarten and Kindergarten in Jefferson County schools prior to staying home and raising her three children.  She graduated from Metro State College with a BA in Sociology and minored in Psychology.  Holly has been married for 18 years and has three teenage children.  Her oldest son is 16 and she has twins(boy and a girl) who are 13 years old and all attend schools in Douglas County.  She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading and taking walks with her Golden Retriever, Baylee.

                                    Kristi Watson

                                    4th Grade AM/2nd Grade PM

                                    Kristi is very happy to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a 2nd & 4th grade aid.  She is from Iowa and moved here when she was 12 years old.  She and her family have lived in Highlands Ranch for 12 years.  They are the owners of two adopted cats and two adopted dogs.  In her free time, Kristi enjoys gardening, jogging, crafting, reading, movies and hanging out with her daughter.

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                                        Dana Tromeur-Nach

                                        3rd Grade AM

                                        Dana is an Instructional Assistant for the third grade team. Before coming to Ben Franklin Academy, she 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.

                                         Dana is very excited to be part of BFA!

                                            Sara Wilkerson

                                            3rd Grade PM

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                                            Sara returns to BFA for her third year as an Instructional Aide for the 5th and 3rd grade team.  She grew up in Jackson, Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming.  She has her degree in Elementary Education and has been working in that field for the last 10 years.  Sara and her family moved to Colorado 5 years ago from Arizona and absolutely love it here!

                                            Sara and her husband have two daughters Addison (3rd) and Hailey (K) who also attend BFA.  They also are parents to their dog Oliver and a cat named Lucy.

                                                Deb Williams

                                                4th Grade PM

                                                Deb is very happy to be an Instructional Aide for the fourth grade team. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and recently moved here from Columbus, Ohio. Deb has three grandchildren, two that attend BFA, and a grandson that attends Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton. She has volunteered in many schools in the past and was a treatment foster parent for several years. Deb loves spending time with her grandkids and their big goofy Golden Doodle, Addison.

                                                She looks forward to getting to know all the students!

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                                                    Caroline Zulkoski

                                                    5th Grade PM

                                                        Kimberly Blum

                                                        6th Grade Aide

                                                        Kimberly Blum is thrilled to work as an Instructional Aide. Kimberly has worked for Ben Franklin Academy since it opened. 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 four years. She received her B.A. in Management and Corporate Communications from Buena Vista University and received her M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University.

                                                        Kimberly lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and two daughters who attend BFA.

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                                                            Jennifer Campbell

                                                            8th Grade

                                                            Jennifer is thrilled and blessed to be joining the Middle School team and being closer to her twin daughters in second grade.  She began her restaurant career over twenty years ago with opening Spago Las Vegas, then moved to West Hollywood to become a manager with the Palm Restaurant, moved on to Geoffrey’s in Malibu and Windows Steakhouse downtown.  After her twin girls arrived, and over ten years living in Southern California, decided to move she and her girls here to Colorado to be closer to family. She enjoys wine and great food, (is extremely lucky to be engaged to a wonderful Chef) and spending time with family and friends in her off time.

                                                                Cynthia Zhou

                                                                8th Grade

                                                                Cynthia is aspiring to become a teacher one day. This is her second year at BFA as an aide and she loves working with the students; every day is a new adventure! She grew up in Colorado and graduated from CU Boulder with a bachelors in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is currently working towards a teaching degree in special education.
                                                                 
                                                                Cynthia is very excited to teach a small Geometry class this year. She has the best job ever!
                                                                 

                                                                    Jennifer Thompson

                                                                    7th Grade AM/8th Grade PM

                                                                    Jennifer is excited to start her 4th year as a Middle School IA. She enjoys working with all the Middle School teachers, as well as the students.

                                                                    Married for 15 years to Rod, they have two children who attend BFA (Rodger, 7th ; Ashley, 4th). In her spare time Jennifer loves to read, write, do puzzles, and swim with the kids.

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                                                                        Teri DeBellis

                                                                        Health Room and Specials Aide

                                                                            Khristen Fritzsche

                                                                            Lunch Aide

                                                                                Nicole Schmidt

                                                                                Lunch Aide

                                                                                    Melissa Wilemon

                                                                                    Lunch Aide