Emily Cozzetto - Lead Teacher

Emily Cozzetto is excited to be joining Ben Franklin Academy.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services along with a certificate in Conflict and Trauma Studies from Kansas State University.  Emily is also a Certified Family Life Educator, provisional status, through the National Council of Family Relations.  Emily is both group leader qualified and director qualified in Colorado.

Emily has a passion for partnering with parents in educating preschoolers. She enjoys learning from the children as much as she enjoys teaching them.  When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and 1st grader.

Shannon Olson - Lead Teacher

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Shannon is excited to be teaching preschool for her 6th year at Ben Franklin.  Shannon went to University of Northern Colorado and received a degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Elementary Education.  Shannon has always had a passion for teaching and enjoys watching the growth that happens in a year.
In her free time Shannon loves spending time with her family.  Shannon and her husband, a high school teacher and coach have been married for 19 years.  They have two wonderful kids 15 and 12.  They love family time, going to the mountains and playing and watching sports.
Shannon looks forward to welcoming her new Preschool families and helping to build a foundation for BFA students.

Christie McConnell

Christie McConnell is a Kansas native who has been living in Colorado for nine years. This is her first year at BFA and is excited to be a part of your child’s preschool experience.  She will be an assistant teacher in the morning and a lead teacher in the afternoon. Christie has been married for 12 ½ years to Anders, and has two sons, Jack 11 and Sam 9 ½. Christie has a Master’s degree in Social Work, working primarily as a geriatric social worker for 10 years. She then took a 10 year hiatus staying at home with her children.  During those ten years she decided to pursue a preschool teaching certificate.  She was an assistant at her son’s preschool and fell in love with the teaching experience. Christie’s teaching philosophy is learning comes through play and confidence comes through encouragement.  When Christie is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching classic movies, taking walks with her dog, Mae, and hiking.  She wants her families to know that she has an open door policy, encouraging any questions that may occur in order to make the parent/teacher relationship a positive one.


Leigh Savoy

Leigh is honored to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy Preschool team.  She loves working with young children because of their openness and willingness to learn.  After operating a licensed home daycare for several years, Leigh went back to school to earn her Early Childhood Education Teaching Certificate.  Leigh has been a member of the Pre K program for four years.

Outside of Preschool Leigh is the BFA BASE director.  She is also the Co-Director of the BFA Summer Camp.

Leigh and her husband Frank have been married for 27 years and have lived many places thanks to the Military.  They have three wonderful children.  Her daughter Erin goes to BFA and her two sons have graduated high school.  They have lived in Highlands Ranch for the last 12 years.

In her free time, Leigh likes to go camping, hanging out with her family and spending time outdoors.  When time permits she loves a good book.  Leigh is excited to begin the school year and make a positive impact in our children’s lives.

Krista Schmidt

Krista is so excited to become part of the Preschool team. She loves working with small children and watching those little light bulbs going off in their heads.  She has worked in various daycare and learning facilities with young children.  Preschool is one of her favorite ages because they are so excited to learn.  Krista cannot wait to meet all the wonderful families that are entrusting their little ones to the BFA family.

Krista and her husband Jeremy have been married for 12 years.  They have 3 children who attend BFA; Logan 6th, Cody 3rd, and Emily will be a kindie!!  Together as a family they like to go on camping and hiking trips. Most of their vacations are spent in ND to visit family and friends. 

Please let her know if you have any concerns or questions about your little one. She will be happy to assist your family in anyway.