Diana Simpson 

    Principal

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    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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        Aric Gomez

        Assistant Principal, grades K-4

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        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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            Kristen Goldberg 

            Preschool Director

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            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.

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                Halsley Hoff 

                Business Manager

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                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.

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