Gifted and Talented SpecialistEmail
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.
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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!Faculty Favorites