Diana Simpson 



    Diana has been a part of Ben Franklin Academy since the school opened in 2011.  She is excited to see the founding Board’s mission and vision being realized on a daily basis in the school.  She looks forward to continue partnering with families to make Ben Franklin Academy THE Charter School of Choice in Douglas County.

    For the past twenty years, Diana has been involved in charter schools. Most recently, she served as the assistant principal for fifth through eighth grade at BFA, and before that was the assistant principal for kindergarten through fourth grade. Simpson was a teacher for 13 years, with experience in fifth grade, sixth grade and as a 6-8 grade Social Studies teacher. A self-described “Colorado girl,” Simpson received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Master’s Degree in Administration from Western State University.

    Diana wants to see every child succeed and grow academically.  She wants to make sure that the teachers have all the tools they need to make that happen for each of their students.

    “I look forward to working with students, parents, teachers, and staff to build on BFA’s dedication to meeting the needs of each student and furthering the school’s mission and vision,” said Simpson.

    Diana and her husband, Kevin, live in Parker with their three dogs.  Her son, Kenny, is attending the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and is studying PGA Golf Management.  Her family loves to travel and spend time together cheering on the Broncos and the Rockies

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        Sarah Boland

        Assistant Principal, Middle School


        Sarah is thrilled to be joining the Ben Franklin Academy team! She has been in education as a teacher and leader for 20 years and truly enjoys building relationships with students, teachers and families! She is passionate about working with educators to support students in their educational journeys and make their time at school as meaningful and positive as possible. Sarah taught sixth grade in Seattle, Washington and high school social studies at Highlands Ranch High School. She has been an Assistant Principal at Englewood Middle School and most recently, STEM School Highlands Ranch. She loves being around creative, inquisitive people focused on putting students first. Sarah grew up in Littleton and attended the University of Northern Colorado for her Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and went on to get her Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration. She has worked in a variety of schools with students of all ages, but loves middle school the most! She is happily married to her college sweetheart, Brent, and is raising two wonderful sons, Asa and Amos. When she is not at school, she likes to read, swim, listen to live music and play with her family. 

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            Aric Gomez

            Assistant Principal, grades K-4

            Aric feels blessed to be at Ben Franklin Academy, working with an amazing  staff  and students.  BFA is an incredible school and he feels honored to be apart this school.  Aric is a Colorado native and is very proud of that fact, as he was raised and currently lives in Littleton. He has been married for 17 years to Teresa who is a middle school science teacher and they have three amazing kids: Octavia is a ninth grader at Mullen HS, Peyton is a seventh grader and Noah is in first grade. When he is not working with students, his own kids keep him busy with singing, church, soccer, cross country, basketball, robotics, etc.  He enjoys to coach soccer, run,  go to church and doing anything with his family.
            This school year will mark his twenty-fourth year in education. Aric has had wonderful opportunities to be at a very wide variety of schools in his professional career. He has been a teacher for 10 years and an administrator for 13 years. He has a unique understanding of education as he has been at all levels of the K-12 continuum. In addition to being a passionate teacher and administrator, Aric has also been a coach, club sponsor and mentor to thousands of students. He has a strong belief in the development of the whole child and that every single child is important. He looks forward to building those critical, positive and genuine relationships with all the students as they journey through Ben Franklin Academy. 
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                Lori Hafner

                Preschool Director


                I am incredibly excited to be stepping into the Preschool Director role at Ben Franklin Academy! I believe that early learning is a great way to begin building the foundation of a child’s future by providing opportunities for development and growth. I encourage positive interactions and relationships with both the parents and the children by providing all families with attention, acceptance, and affection.

                I was so fortunate to have been part of all of the preschool classrooms last year here at BFA and was able to get to know all of the children and their families. I look forward to building those relationships even more next year. I will cheer our Pre-K classes as they successfully enter Kindergarten next year and look forward to seeing so many of their bright smiles in the hall. I can’t wait to see all the growth in our 3-year-olds heading into our Pre-K classes! I am eager to welcome in all the new 3-year-old families, along with a few more Pre-K children and families.

                I have lived in Highlands Ranch for almost 25 years. I live with my husband, Adrian, our 24-year-old daughter, Shelby, our 21-year-old son, Sheldon, and our 17- year-old daughter, Shantell. I look forward to working with our current amazing BFA families and continue getting to know more wonderful new BFA parents in the years to come.  

                I know that we are in a very unknown and uncertain time for how the beginning of the next school year will even look like. Still, I want you to know that I am here to make it the best experience for everyone that is part of the preschool program. We indeed are in this all together, and this experience will only make us better and stronger! I am so looking forward to being part of this outstanding school.

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                    Halsley Hoff 

                    Business Manager


                    Halsley loves being part of the Ben Franklin Academy family.  She was involved with our PTO from the beginning initially serving as the Fundraising Coordinator and then as Secretary.  She joined the BFA staff in November of 2012 working as the Business Assistant.  In March 2015, she moved into the role of Business Manager.

                    She is a Colorado native and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Computer Science.  Prior to BFA she worked as the Clinic/Grants & Contracts Manager at the Barbara Davis Center.  In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughters play basketball, taking lots of pictures, crafts & digital scrap booking, and getting out to enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

                    Her oldest daughter was part of the first Kindergarten class at BFA that graduated in May 2020.  Her youngest daughter began in BFA’s preschool and is excited to be in 7th grade this year.

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