Kindergarten

Rhonda Walton

rwalton@bfacademy.org

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A “true southern gal,” Rhonda was born in New Orleans and grew up in central Mississippi.  She attended Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi), where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. 
Upon graduation, she moved to Memphis where Rhonda began her career teaching sixth grade.  She then taught kindergarten for eleven years in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  She created a transition class between kindergarten and first grade and taught that class for 8 years. 

Rhonda moved to Colorado and joined the teaching staff at Platte River Academy where she taught sixth grade for 5 years.  While teaching at Platte River, she attended the Grand Canyon University online program and earned her master’s in Reading Education.

In 2011 Rhonda joined the BFA family. She has truly enjoyed teaching at BFA and is looking forward to another terrific year. 

She lives with her husband and their dog Aja in Littleton, Colorado. Rhonda enjoys running, hiking, reading, and working in her gardens.  One of her favorite things to do is watching football, especially Ole Miss football when she can!


Rhonda has one daughter and 3 “bonus” children, all of whom are now grown.  Rhonda’s daughter lives in Memphis with her husband and their two very precious daughters. Her stepchildren and their families live in the Denver area. 

Susan Klee

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Susan feels very fortunate to be a part of the BFA Kindergarten Team.  Susan has been teaching for over 20 years and absolutely loves it!  Susan received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University.

Susan lives with her husband in Parker, and they have four wonderful children.  Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.  Susan’s interests include sports, camping, hiking, crafts, going to the beach, and of course shopping!  She looks forward to another wonderful year of teaching at BFA.

Kayla Murray

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Kayla will be beginning her sixth year of teaching kindergarten this year.  A Colorado native, she attended schools in the Douglas County School District.  She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education where she played for the women’s soccer team for 4 years on an athletic scholarship.  She received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

She lives in Lakewood with her husband Jay, her son Joel, and golden retriever dog Jax.  She welcomed her son Joel into the world this January.  Kayla enjoys spending time with family, watching her new baby grow each day, playing soccer, watching movies, and camping.  She feels so fortunate to be apart of the BFA family and is looking forward to another great year at BFA!

Veronica Noonan

vnoonan@bfacademy.org

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Veronica is beginning her fourth year of teaching this year. Her first year of teaching was done in Scottsbluff, Nebraska as a third grade teacher. She is extremely happy to continue to be a part of Ben Franklin's kindergarten team because kindergarten is the grade she always imagined she would teach. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education.  

Veronica is married and welcomed her first child Crosby into the world in February 2014. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs (Rowdy and Kona), camping, hiking, and reading. She loves the outdoors and likes to spend her free time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She is so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the BFA team!

Debbie Kessler

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Debbie is excited for the school year and feels fortunate to continue teaching first grade at BFA. As a teacher, she feels that it is her obligation to encourage students to be successful, to give them every opportunity to excel, and to challenge them to their fullest potential. In addition, She believes that it is important to teach and model good character in a nurturing classroom environment.

Originally from Ohio, Debbie’s undergraduate degree is from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. She moved to Colorado 11 years ago and received her Colorado teaching license and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Regis University. She loves children and enjoys helping them learn and grow.

Living in Highlands Ranch, Debbie has three children and spends most of her free time with her family. In addition, she enjoys the outdoors, working out at the gym, attending church activities, and spending time with friends.

Debbie is so happy to be a part of this wonderful school community.