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 RockiesFaculty Favorites
Assistant Principal, Middle SchoolEmail
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.Faculty Favorites
Assistant Principal, grades K-4Email
Kristen is a highly qualified individual with a passion for early childhood development. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also has more than six years experience as an early childhood director and six years experience teaching at the preschool level. Kristen’s leadership skills are the building blocks for which BFA’s Core Knowledge preschool will become the mark for greatness in early childhood development.Faculty Favorites
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.
Halsley 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. She enjoys taking lots of pictures, digital scrapbooking, camping & hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two daughters, who have attended BFA since it opened.Faculty Favorites