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.

        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.

            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.

                Jillane Disbrow

                Kindie PM

                Jillane is very excited to begin her third 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, Adam, for 21 years and they have two daughters, Jensen, who is a freshman at Arapahoe High School, and Marin, who is a sixth grader at BFA. She and her family have lived in Highlands Ranch for the past ten years and they absolutely love it here. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, reading, traveling, and sitting out on her patio and watching the sun set over the beautiful mountains.

                Jillane looks forward to working with the kindergarten teaching team again and helping sweet kindies learn and grow during the 2016-2017 school year.

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                    Barb LaMotte

                    Kindie PM

                        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

                            2nd Grade PM

                            Kristi is very happy to be joining the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a 2nd 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.

                                        Cathy Olsen

                                        4th Grade AM

                                        Cathy is starting her third year at Ben Franklin Academy as a fourth grade Instructional Aide.  She is a licensed teacher with ten years of experience, primarily in grades 5 and 6, and holds a Colorado 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 an elementary school in the Jefferson County School District.

                                        Cathy, who is a California native, has lived in Colorado for 15 years. She loves spending time with her husband of 29 years and her daughter, who also is a BYU graduate.  In addition, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums, watching movies, reading biographies and historical fiction, writing, and walking.

                                        Cathy looks forward to another successful year of working with the dedicated staff and supportive families of BFA.

                                            Jennifer Campbell

                                            4th Grade PM

                                            Jennifer is thrilled and blessed to be joining the 4th grade 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.

                                                Kimberly Blum

                                                6th Grade AM/PM

                                                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 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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                                                        Cynthia Zhou

                                                        Middle School Aide

                                                        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!

                                                            Janet Harlow

                                                            Life Skills and SPED Aide


                                                            Having been a part of Ben Franklin Academy since the first year, Janet has worn several hats for the school.  As the Life Skills teacher, Janet enjoys teaching the sixth, seventh and eighth graders what is necessary for success above and beyond what is learned academically. This will be Janet’s seventh year as a part of the middle school, as she loves working with the young adults of the age group.  Janet will be taking on a new role in the afternoons working with the Student Support Services team. This new role is something Janet is looking forward to. During the summers, Janet is also the co-director of the successful BFA Summer Camp program and during the school year is an active teacher for the BASE program.  Janet enjoys the constant connection with a large number of students, and you can find her with several students around her as they communicate their day. 

                                                            Janet has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and enjoys implementing the knowledge gained throughout her studies into the classroom.  Janet is a single mom, of two.  Her daughter works full-time in the management field and is out of the house, while her son is a Corporal with the United States Marine Corps.  As an empty nester, Janet enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her new additions, Harper and Tulo the cats.  Janet has lived in Colorado since 2006, after many years in Texas.  As Wyoming native, she enjoys the wide-open spaces and the mountains. She enjoys drawing, painting, and reading.  She loves watching sports: baseball (the Colorado Rockies being her favorite), football, and basketball.  

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                                                              Khristen Fritzsche

                                                              Lunch Aide

                                                                  Nicole Schmidt

                                                                  Lunch Aide

                                                                      Melissa Wilemon

                                                                      Lunch Aide

                                                                          Teri DeBellis

                                                                          Health Room and Aide