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    John Emmons

    6th Grade

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    John is incredibly excited to continue teaching sixth-grade science at BFA.  This will be his second year in sixth grade and he looks forward to the new challenges, adventures, and many successes that come with teaching such an exciting age group. John received his Bachelors in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015 and after a short time with BFA, knew that he would be with us for quite a while.
     
    John currently lives in Denver with his long-term girlfriend (label subject to change) Kayleigh and their two dogs Koda and Camden.  John spends most of his free time working on projects for his new house/backyard, exercising, running, fishing, cycling – just about anything outdoors – and playing board games with friends.  
     
    John can not wait to get the new year up and running!
     

        Megan Mares

        Sixth Grade, Language Arts

         
        Megan is extremely excited to begin her teaching career as the sixth grade language arts teacher at Ben Franklin Academy. She just recently graduated from Western State Colorado University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. 
         
        Megan grew up in the Douglas County School District and has lived in Highlands Ranch for 20 years now. Megan can’t wait to teach in the community where she grew up and is looking forward to meeting and working with all of her students. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was young and is eager to start her career. 
         
        Megan likes to stay very busy with her family, friends, and sports. On the weekends Megan can be found coaching, playing, or watching sports such as the Broncos! She also enjoys watching movies, getting pedicures, and soaking up the sun in her free time. 
         

            Katie Stolk

            6th Grade

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            Katie is thrilled to spend another year at BFA with some of her favorite people:  sixth graders! Katie began teaching in 2001 after finishing her undergrad in Elementary Education from Missouri State University. She then finished her Master’s in Elementary Education three years later. Katie began at BFA in third grade but moved up to middle school last year to teach social studies and LOVED teaching middle schoolers! And, she gets to have three classes of students back after having them as third graders and it’s so fun to see how they’ve grown.

            Katie lives in Castle Rock with her husband, little boy, and two crazy dogs. Adam will be starting kindergarten this fall at BFA and couldn’t be more excited. Together they love to travel, garden, hike and camp all over Colorado. Katie and Mike are originally from St. Louis, but have loved living in Colorado for the last ten years.   

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                Christine Svensen

                6th Grade

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                Christine is excited for another great year at Ben Franklin Academy as the sixth grade math teacher. Christine has taught middle school for 15 years. She received both a BA in Psychology and an Elementary Teaching License from CU Boulder, and her MA in Education Administration & Supervision from University of Phoenix.

                Christine has lived in Colorado her entire life. She enjoys staying active around Highlands Ranch as well as traveling to new sites with her two daughters, who are in sixth and eighth grade. She appreciates all that Colorado has to offer, including the parks and recreation, the mountains with skiing and boarding during the winter months, and paddle boarding at the lakes during the summer months. However, Christine dedicates most of her time outside of school to her girls’ sports.

                Christine is grateful to be part of the BFA community. She looks forward to meeting all of her students and helping them maintain a love for education.

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                    Kate Crespo

                    7th Grade

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                    Kate is excited to be starting her seventh year with BFA as a middle school Math Teacher. Kate earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010, and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2004, where she played basketball and soccer.

                    Kate has been married for twelve years, and has two children, both attend BFA.  Kate and her husband, Jose, also have two dogs named Mufasa and Nala. Kate grew up in New Jersey and feels lucky to have called Colorado home for the past twelve and a half years. Kate enjoys staying fit, taking long walks, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family and close friends. She can’t wait to help kids have fun learning math at BFA.

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                        Genevieve Gibson

                        7th Grade

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                        This will be Genevieve’s fifth year teaching. In addition to teaching seventh grade for three years, Genevieve has worked for Ben Franklin Academy as a second grade Instructional Aide (IA), a fifth grade IA/small group math teacher, and a sixth grade Social Studies teacher. A Colorado native, Genevieve attended the University of Colorado and holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Political Science. Before her second child was born, Genevieve worked primarily in the mutual fund industry and has used that background in the past to teach the middle school’s stock market elective.

                        In her search for a school that was a great fit for her family, Genevieve came across BFA and is proud to be included in BFA’s founding family and the entire BFA community. Genevieve and her husband love to camp, and play tennis and basketball with their two kids. In her spare time, Genevieve loves to run, read about history and politics, and travel. Genevieve loves to teach the seventh grade curriculum and is very grateful for the opportunity to work at Ben Franklin Academy!

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                            Jennifer Molnar

                            7th Grade

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                            This will be Jennifer’s third year teaching 7th grade science at Ben Franklin Academy.  Prior to joining BFA, she taught for five years in Pennsylvania – first at a high school, teaching Physics, and then at a cyber school teaching online 8th grade Science.   She enjoys teaching all aspects of both life and physical science.

                            Jennifer received two bachelor degrees from Bucknell University: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering as well as a B.A. in Political Science.  Upon graduation, she worked in industry for 11 years as an engineer before deciding teaching was her true calling.  She also holds a Masters in Instruction from Drexel University.

                            Jennifer is married to George, her husband of 26 years, and has two children:  Evan, starting 11th grade this year, and Julia, starting 9th grade.    When not in the classroom, she enjoys reading (especially about science), biking, and hiking.

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                                Nicole Poleschook

                                7th Grade

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                                Nicole is very excited to return to Ben Franklin Academy for her fourth year. This year she will be stepping into the position of 7th grade Language Arts teacher and she is very excited for this new opportunity. She has a passion for learning and knowledge and a deep affection for all things literary.

                                Nicole has her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education with an added endorsement in Language Arts. Her favorite part of teaching is making connections with her students and helping them grow with maturity and tenacity. She is really looking forward to working with kids who are a little older and ready to dig deeper into content and also who are determining their individual roles and identities.

                                When not teaching or coaching Battle of the Books at BFA, Nicole spends her free time with her family. She has two daughters (who also attend BFA), a husband, and a dog. Together they hike, kayak, mountain bike, read, catch Pokémon, and play board games.

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                                    Marty Denham

                                    8th Grade

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                                    Marty is excited to return to Ben Franklin Academy to teach this year’s group of 8th grade students.  This will be her fourth year at BFA.  Her teaching experience includes 12 years at Cherry Creek Academy (also a Core Knowledge charter school) teaching 7th and 8th grade science, and three years teaching high school science in Byers, Colorado.  Marty received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education, from the University of Wyoming. 
 She has been married 29 years to husband Dave.  Their son, Jack will be a junior at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, studying film production.   They have a number of pets, including three dogs, a cat, a bird, and many fish.   When away from school, Marty enjoys golfing, traveling, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

                                    She is looking forward to meeting a new group of students and engaging them in lots of hands on physics activities!

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                                        Lisa Dychus

                                        8th Grade

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                                        Lisa is excited to return for her fifth year at Ben Franklin Academy as the eighth grade math teacher. She earned her BA in Mathematics from Lehigh University and completed her MA in Teaching at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. As a teacher, Lisa aims to inspire her students to become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. She incorporates real-world applications of concepts to help students appreciate the mathematics all around them. Prior to teaching, she put her problem solving skills to the test as a civilian operations research analyst for the US Navy.

                                        Originally from New Jersey, she enjoys spending time outdoors in all seasons and is thrilled to now call Colorado home. When she’s not in the classroom, Lisa plays ice hockey, swing dances, and enjoys volunteering and spending time in the mountains hiking and skiing. She is an avid traveler and reader, both of which fuel her passion for learning new things.
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                                            Nadia Saleh

                                            8th Grade

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                                            This is my first year teaching and I could not be more excited to join the BFA family. I graduated from MSU Denver with a bachelors in history and an emphasis in secondary education. I was on the dance team at Metro for two years; before that I danced all throughout high school. I also was on the gymnastics team, and sometimes still like to show off my back handspring skills. 

                                            I have three sisters and one nephew, who is so adorable that I cannot get enough of him. I grew up in Thornton and graduated from Horizon High School. I am the middle child of my sisters. I have two older sisters and one younger. We are very close and my phone is always going crazy with our group messages. I try to go the gym a lot and smile often. I love to laugh and especially enjoy when I can share my humor with my students. 

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                                                Cynthia Sieradski

                                                8th Grade

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                                                Cynthia will joyfully be teaching her 4th year of 8th Grade Language Arts at Ben Franklin Academy.  She has a passion for communication and for helping students practice good habits of character as well as academic and personal excellence.  Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California and a Master’s Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

                                                Cynthia has a deep professional knowledge in the field of education. She has over 20 years of experience teaching elementary, high school, and university students both here and abroad.  Much of her continuing professional development includes Advanced Placement and gifted learning, academic coaching and counseling, curriculum design, writing workshops, virtual on-line learning, speaking engagements on a variety of educational topics and concerns, corporate and teacher training, leadership, and brain-based learning differences.

                                                After traveling and living in numerous places, including Thailand and India where they ride elephants to school, Cynthia is very happy to call Colorado home.  She loves the crazy weather, the outdoor lifestyle, and exploring it all with her family.  In her spare time you can find her cheering for the Broncos, working out, traveling to exotic places, gardening, skiing with her family or (gasp!) reading a good book.  She loves the beach, good friends, music, laughing, and dancing like a fool.

                                                Cynthia and her husband, Mike, are blessed with raising two wonderful sons, Chase and Trey; both are graduates of Ben Franklin Academy, and now attend Mullen High School.  Tank, her silly little 9-pound dog, moonlights as the protector of the universe.

                                                *Please see Mrs. Sieradski’s webpage for important information about her class and a great summer reading recommendation for parents!

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