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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        Sarah Boland

        Assistant Principal, Middle School

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        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

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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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                Lori Hafner

                Preschool Director

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                I am delighted to be the Preschool Director and part of an incredible preschool team here at Ben Franklin Academy. I believe that early learning is a great way to build 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.

                “What did I want to be when I grew up?”  The question we ask our little ones at the end of every school year at the age of 5!  I can say for myself, I already knew as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher.  I followed my dream and completed a degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis.  My first teaching job took me on an adventure to Nevada, and after getting married, I moved to California and taught for another 2 years. Wanting to move closer back to home brought us to Colorado. I began an in-home licensed childcare business, so I could be home with my own children and still be able to do what I love.  After 23 years, I retired from childcare and had a huge desire to get back into the school setting.  I was excited to step back into the classroom and begin teaching at Ben Franklin.

                I was born and raised in North Dakota; I now consider Colorado my home as I have lived here for 26 years.  I absolutely love it in Colorado as my husband, Adrian, and I have raised all three of our children here.  My oldest daughter, Shelby, will finish Pharmacy school in the spring of 2022. Sheldon graduated from UNC in 2021 with a business degree. My youngest, Shantell, graduated from High School in 2021 and will be attending UNC to pursue a teaching degree.  I want nothing more than to instill the love of education in the preschool children here at BFA as my own children love learning.

                I am very much looking forward to a more “normal” year to hopefully put 2020 behind us all.  This past year had its challenges, no doubt; because of our remarkable preschool team of teachers, they were able to overcome every obstacle and made it a successful year for every family that attended. Please know we here to make this the best experience for everyone in the preschool program. We indeed are in this all together, and this experience we had encountered has only made us better and stronger! I am so looking forward to being part of another great school year.

                 

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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.

                    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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