Brenda Bauer

    K-5 P.E.


    Brenda is the Physical Education teacher at Ben Franklin Academy.  She began teaching in Beverly Hills, California at a K-8 school.  Her most recent teaching experience includes teaching middle school students in Sheridan and Douglas County and elementary school students in Douglas County. Brenda has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education as well as a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

    Brenda is a Colorado girl born and raised.  She loves the changing seasons and the abundance of opportunity for unique activities that Colorado provides.  Brenda moved to Highlands Ranch 17 years ago, where she lives with her husband and two daughters, ages 16 and 13.  Brenda is excited to be a part of BFA and is looking forward to an amazing school year.

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      Laura Tickle

      K-5 Technology


      Teaching has always been a passion of Laura’s, and she loves being a member of the Ben Franklin Academy staff. Laura has been teaching for eight years. She has taught fourth grade for four years, two at BFA, and is now the K-5 Specials technology teacher. Technology is important to BFA and Laura is able to help effectively integrate technology into the hands of students at BFA.

      Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in 2009 in Elementary Education from Purdue University. She has her certification in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado at Denver, as well as a Masters in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Laura also received an award for ‘Outstanding Student in the Program’ at the end of her Masters program course work. This ILT program not only allowed Laura to grow with her own personal education, but it helps bring many of the latest ideas and projects related to technology into the classrooms at BFA. Laura also teaches two educational technology courses at the University of Colorado at Denver.

      A Colorado native, Laura loves spinning, barre, watching football, and her dog Bettie. Laura recently got married, so yes her new last name is really Tickle.

        Ali Hinkle

        K-8 Art Teacher


        Ali has been teaching for more than twenty years. She graduated from Sussex University in England with a bachelor’s degree in Art and Education and went on to teach in England, Spain and Italy for many years before coming to America in 1994. After spending a few years at home with her children, she began teaching again. She has been teaching art in Core Knowledge schools in Douglas County since 2005. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, John, who is  a native Coloradan. They have two children who are busy pursuing their own careers. Their daughter is a Sargent in the Air National Guard working towards her nursing degree and their son is studying engineering at CU Boulder. She loves teaching art and is proud to have been a part of Ben Franklin Academy from the beginning. She is also excited to be able to teach at a S.T.E.A.M. school where art is considered to be an important part of a well-rounded education.

          Jaime Johnson

          K-5 Music


          Ms. Jaime Johnson is happy to be back as the K-8 music director at Ben Franklin Academy. She is responsible for directing all performances and after school classes as well as teaching elementary general music and middle school music electives.

          Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from University of Redlands and a Masters in Music Education from University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of Ben Franklin, Ms. Johnson is the music director for the theatre group Audience of One and sings with Skyline Chorus, a barbershop group. Prior to BFA, she taught band and orchestra at three Douglas County schools and K-8 general music at a charter school in Denver.

          Ms. Johnson truly believes in the power of music and is thrilled BFA is now a STEAM school. Her role as a music teacher is to teach skills that will help students succeed in school and in life such as working with others, listening, storytelling, speaking in front of a group, being a good audience and accepting other people’s interests. Through music, she has seen students come out of their shells and embrace learning.

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            Beth Konesky

            Middle School S.T.E.A.M.


            With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Creighton University, more than 10 years in the computer industry as a programmer and network engineer, along with many years as a Technology Teacher, Beth has a plethora of ideas and hands-on activities to inspire and challenge students. A die-hard Broncos fan, Beth loves Colorado, the outdoors, her two teenage daughters, and learning new things!

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              Emily Ward

              K-5 Science Specialist


              Emily is thrilled to partner again with the teachers, parents, and staff as Ben Franklin Academy’s Science Specialist. Her goal is to help students reinforce the concepts they are taught in class as well as delve deeper into the Scientific Process. Emily has been with BFA since it opened; she started at BFA as a fourth grade teacher before becoming the Science Specialist. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities with her computer animator husband, Cliff, their independent young lady, Iris, and their crazy mutt, Gertie.

              As our namesake, Benjamin Franklin, said, “The doors of wisdom are never shut.” Emily has always had a passion for science, which has led her to obtain her Master’s in Math and Science Curriculum Instruction. She hopes to instill this love of learning, questioning, and curiosity to the students using meaningful experiments and hands-on explorations. Emily looks forward to continue getting to know the elementary students and fostering their love of science!

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                Craig Macias

                Middle School P.E. & Health


                I am a sixth year teacher and a graduate of Colorado State University.  My course work and life have prepared me to be an informed, dynamic, professional in the Health and Physical Education field. In high school I was on the baseball, football and tennis teams where my coaches taught me the value of hard work, dedication, being a stand up individual and many other life lessons that I hope I can pass along to my students.   I do not only teach Health and Physical Education, I also live it.  I like to think that I practice what I preach!  Some of my favorite hobbies are exercising and playing/coaching different sports.  I have coached elite youth baseball, football and golf throughout the last ten years which has helped inspire me to pursue my dream of becoming a Health and Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director.  I love to try new things and spend time with my family and friends.  Lastly I truly love and have a lot of passion for what I do.  I believe I have the best job in the world, and get up every day thankful that I get to do what I do.  I love working with all my students, and having the opportunity to teach them how to be healthy and physically fit.

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                  Janet Harlow

                  Life Skills and SPED Aide


                  Having been a part of Ben Franklin Academy since the first year, Janet has worn several hats for the school.  Until this year, Janet has been an Instructional Aide for the 5th grade and the Middle School teams.  This year, Janet has been given the opportunity to teach Life Skills to the Middle School grade levels.  This is Janet’s 6th year working with the upper grades, as she loves working with the young adults of the age group.  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 the students communicate their days.  She has many names given to her by her students, and has learned the many handshakes she and her students have created.

                  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 and is out of the house, and her son is a Lance Corporal with the United States Marine Corps.  As an empty-nester, Janet enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her new addition, Harper, the cat.  Janet has lived in Colorado since 2006, after many years in Texas.  A Wyoming native, she follows both the University of Texas and University of Wyoming athletics. She enjoys drawing, painting, and reading.  Check out the many bulletin boards and BFA, as one of Janet’s favorite activities is creating the bulletin boards for the teachers.  She loves watching sports: baseball (the Colorado Rockies being her favorite), football, and basketball.  Janet is thrilled to have taken on a new role of teacher in the mornings as well as continuing her role of aide in the afternoons.

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                    Patricia Connell

                    Middle School Spanish


                    Sra. Connell is very proud to be part of such a great school! Even though this is her first year at Ben Franklin, this is her nineteenth year in the educational field with seven years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and 12 years in Douglas County, Colorado.

                    After graduating from school in Peru with a degree in Tourism Administration, she moved to the United States where she changed her career to education to become a Spanish teacher.  Sra. Connell has taught at all levels and at all ages from Preschool to women’s college at Denver University. She attended Ashford University and also obtained an endorsement in Spanish from Metropolitan state University. She is a member of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers.

                    Sra. Connell’s believes in learning through hands-on activities and lots of public speaking. She also teaches an adult Spanish class at the Littleton YMCA.