Literacy & Math Support

Sarah Harrell - Literacy Specialist

Sarah Harrell graduated from the University of Colorado.  After working with kids of all ages for several years in group homes and charter schools she become a Certified Academic Language Practitioner.  She is currently working on moving up to the therapist level.  Sarah received my Literacy Intervention Specialist certificate from The Dyslexia Center at Penrose-St. Francis in July 2010.  She's been married for 13 years and has two great boys.  As a family they love to ride bikes, go to the movies, play board games, snowboard, and travel.  Sarah loves to read.

Carolyn F. Quinn - Literacy Specialist

Carolyn is thrilled to be a part of the Literacy team at BFA.  Carolyn is in the process of obtaining her Certified Academic Language Practitioner license through The Dyslexia Center at Penrose-St. Francis.  Also, she is currently working on her master's degree in elementary education through Grand Canyon University's online graduate program. She was an Instructional Aide at BFA for the second grade team from 2011-2013.  

Carolyn earned her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She has taught Spanish through an enrichment program to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, substituted in public and private schools, and worked in a childcare setting while in college.  Before she had children, she worked in the telecommunications industry as a network designer, manager and a corporate trainer.

During family time, she enjoys road trips in and around Colorado with her family, movie nights, and cooking. Carolyn has three daughters – two of her daughters are BFA students and the oldest daughter attends Mountain Ridge Middle School.

Jean Fanning - Math Specialist

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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.  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.

Kimberly Blum - Math Specialist

Kimberly Blum is thrilled to work at BFA as the Librarian and Math Specialist.  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 4 years.  She received her BA in Management and Corporate Communications from Buena Vista University and received her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Kimberly has a real heart for children that are struggling with learning to read and do math and hopes to use her positions as librarian and math specialist to make a difference in their lives.  Kimberly lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and 2 daughters who attend BFA.