Student Support Services

    Sarah Harrell

    English Language Development Teacher

    Response to Intervention Team Lead

    Learning Specialist

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    504 Coordinator

    Phone: 720-383-4519 ext. 3225

    Sarah Harrell is a Colorado native and received her B.A. from the University of Colorado.  After working with students of all ages for several years in a variety of settings including residential treatment facilities and charter schools, she decided that she most enjoyed working with struggling students.  Sarah received her Literacy Intervention Specialist certificate from Colorado College in 2010.  She then received her M. Ed in Special Education and ELD endorsement in 2014. This upcoming year will be her first year as a Learning Specialist, but she will continue her role as the 504 coordinator and ELD teacher.

    In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family.  She and her husband, David, have two boys, D.C. (freshman @ Utah State University) and Xavier (freshman at Arapahoe).  They enjoy movies, snowboarding, traveling, and watching the boys play sports.  Sarah also loves to read, hike, and spend time with her big extended family in Colorado.

        Sarah Russell

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        Special Education Team Lead

        Speech Language Pathologist

        Sarah Russell is an accomplished Speech Language Pathologist who graduated with her Masters degree from the University of Colorado and Undergraduate degree from Miami University.  She has always wanted to work with children and help them improve their communication skills.  Sarah’s experience covers many settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and Purdue University as an associate professor.  After taking a few years off from her career to spend time with her three amazing young children and wonderful husband. Sarah is excited to be part of the BFA team!! As a fun fact, Sarah attended school in Michigan as a child, and for 8 years wore the same plaid as the students at BFA! What a coincidence!!

            Judy Shapiro

            Learning Specialist

            Judy Shapiro is excited to start her second year of teaching at Ben Franklin Academy.  She has been teaching special needs students for 23 years, starting in Michigan, spending 2.5 years in the Boston area, and moving to Colorado 2 years ago.  She has taught mostly in public schools but has taught in a Charter School and at Religious Schools.

            Judy went to college at Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in music.  She went onto earn her Masters of Sped Degree at Grand Valley State University in the area of Learning Disabilities, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

            Judy loves being in Colorado with her daughters, mom, sons in law, grandson and 2 granddaughters, and a dog that was rescued from the shelter. Spending time together and making memories is her favorite pastime.   She also loves working with students of all ages and disciplines with the goal of growing in confidence, knowledge, and life skills to be the best we can all be!!

                Hugh Redford

                School Psychologist

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                    Katie Murphy

                    Gifted and Talented Specialist

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                    Katie completed her sixteenth year of teaching this past year. She has worked with students in grades three through five for the majority of her career and taught fifth grade for thirteen years. This upcoming year will be her third year as the gifted and talented teacher at Ben Franklin Academy.  Teaching is her passion, and she loves every minute she gets to spend with students helping them meet their academic potential.

                    Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the University of Missouri Kansas City, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, a Master of Science in Special Education from Western Governor’s University, and her gifted and talented specialist certification from Regis University.

                    Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Katie moved to Colorado in 1999. She lives with her husband, Patrick, their three children, Lillia (8th grade), Aidan (5th grade) and Charlie (2nd grade), and their dog in Castle Pines. Katie spends most of her free time keeping up with her very active children. She also loves to spend time knee deep in a great book or running the beautiful trails throughout Colorado. Katie and her husband also enjoy gardening–she takes care of the flowers and he’s in charge of the vegetables.  As a family, they enjoy being outdoors, family game and movie nights, trips to the mountains, and visiting her family in Wisconsin.

                      Sara Evert

                      Occupational Therapist

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                          Katie Frisbie

                          Speech Language Pathology Aide

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                          I am a recent graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver and I would eventually like to get my Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology!  I have always had a passion for working with kids as I’ve been a nanny and babysat middle school through college.  I have a one-year old Standard Poodle named Sterling and he is my adventure buddy; we like to hike, run, and play in the yard together.  I love to travel, read, and try new things.  This is my first year at Ben Franklin Academy as the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity!

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                              Ellen Cain

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                              Literacy Specialist

                              READ Act Coordinator

                              This past school year Ellen completed her tenth year working with elementary-aged students in the Douglas County Charter School system. Prior to her Charter School experience, Ellen began her career working for a major test-prep company, where she prepared students for college, grad school, and medical licensure.  When not on the sidelines watching her kids play sports, Ellen can be found hiking, biking, snowboarding, or READing!

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                                  Paulette Graves

                                  Literacy Specialist

                                      Janet Harlow

                                      Life Skills and SPED Aide

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                                      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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                                        Rachel MacDonald

                                        Special Education Paraprofessional

                                         
                                        Rachel loves working with children in an educational environment and is very excited to have the opportunity to do so at Ben Franklin Academy. Math and science are her real passions and this is her eighth year working with students of all ages. Rachel graduated from Washburn University in 2014 with a BS in Chemistry. She then went to Denver Seminary where she completed an MA in 2017.
                                         
                                        Rachel currently lives in Littleton with her husband. Hopefully, they will soon add to their family by adopting a dog (although, Rachel would also love to adopt a cat). She grew up on a small farm in rural Kansas and is thankful that her husband and her are able to travel back home over the holidays to visit.
                                         
                                        Rachel and her husband love to spend their extra time playing games or hiking. They own enough board games to possibly run their own gaming store. Rachel loves to get lost in a good story, which includes reading, watching movies, writing, or anything like thereof!
                                         
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                                            Jackie Losasso

                                            Special Education Paraprofessional

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                                            Jackie has worked as an ISS para for several years in Douglas county.  She received her college degree from University of Northern Colorado.  She has worked with various special needs populations over the past 30 years.  Jackie lives in Highland Ranch with her husband and her dog Layla.  She has two adult children, a son and a daughter.  Jackie calls herself an energizer bunny; she enjoys yoga, weight lifting, and speed walking.  She has a unique passion for working with students, and receives tremendous joy from working with BFA students.

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