Administrative & Support Staff

    Jeanelle Korhonen

    Kindie Aide

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    Jeanelle is excited to work as a Kindie Instructional Aide. Originally from the Pacific Northwest but she has been enjoying living in the always sunny Highlands Ranch since late 2016. She is a Mom to two boys and two fur babies. In her free time, you can catch her doing some form of exercise and enjoying time exploring the outdoors with her family.

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        Nanette Preciado

        Kindie Aide

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        Nannette has worked at Ben Franklin since the school opened in 2011. She is a kindergarten aide and loves watching all her students learn and grow throughout their tenure at BFA. Nannette enjoys being with the kids and working with the Ben Franklin staff. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband. They have two children and like to go camping for fun.

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            Sierrah White

            Kindie AM Aide / 3rd Grade PM Aide

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            Sierrah is excited to be a part of BFA for her third year as a Kindergarten AM and 3rd Grade PM Instructional Aide! She graduated Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelors in Child Development and Minor in International Studies. With that, she has a newfound love to learn continually and enjoys being able to help others find their love to learn as well. She is currently working on her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education.  In her free time she enjoys: Movie marathons, Hiking, Biking, Sleeping, Roadtrips, Being with family and friends, and Spontaneous adventures. She is ecstatic for the beginning of a great year and is ready to learn new things and meet new faces! 

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                Erin Crowe

                1st Grade Aide

                 
                 
                Erin is excited to be joining the BFA staff as a First Grade Instructional Aide. She was a teacher in Texas before moving here to Colorado. She is married and a mom to three BFA students and their Boxer, Luna. In her free time she loves spending time in her vegetable garden, listening to audiobooks, and being with her family.
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                    Mika Hurd

                    1st Grade Aide

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                        Holly Melka

                        2nd Grade AM

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                        Holly is an Instructional Assistant for the 2nd grade team. She is a Colorado native. She graduated from Metro State with a BA in Sociology and minored  in Psychology. Holly has been married for 21 years and has 3 teenage children. Justin her oldest, attends The University of Northern Colorado. Evan and Allie(twins)are juniors at ThunderRidge HS. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, crafts and taking walks with her Golden Retriever, Baylee.

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                            Amanda Trenck

                            3rd/4th Grade Aide

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                            Amanda is excited to be starting her 3rd year at BFA. She has been a BFA family for 9 years and enjoys being at school with her kids. She is a Colorado native, grew up in Littleton and graduated from Columbine High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Finance from Metropolitan State University and managed a major bank for 9 years before staying home with her three kids.  While she stayed home with her kids, she went back to school and earned her Real Estate license and substitute teaching license. She is a top performing Real Estate agent with a local Re/Max office.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring our beautiful state, reading, golfing, hiking or exercising. 

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                                Kristi Watson

                                4th Grade AM/2nd Grade PM

                                Kristi is very happy to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a 2nd & 4th grade aid.  She is from Iowa and moved here when she was 12 years old.  She and her family have lived in Highlands Ranch for 12 years.  They are the owners of two adopted cats and two adopted dogs.  In her free time, Kristi enjoys gardening, jogging, crafting, reading, movies and hanging out with her daughter.

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                                    Heidi Drees

                                    Aide

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                                        Debra Wylie

                                        5th Grade

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                                        Debra is excited to be a member of the BFA family as a 5th grade IA. She has assisted in the care and preparation for school of her two grandsons. She and her family enjoy the outdoors and chasing their next mountain adventure. Debra also enjoys her 3+ mile daily walks with her silver lab, Judge. Helping others and working towards a shared goal are good examples of her philosophy on life which she feels makes her an excellent fit at Ben Franklin Academy.

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                                            Shalane Adrian

                                            5th Grade AM Aide/Kindie PM Aide

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                                            Shalane is very excited to start her first year at Ben Franklin Academy as the Specials Team Aide. A Colorado native who enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and kids. 

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                                                Khristen Fritzsche

                                                Middle School Aide

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                                                Khristen is excited to be starting her 9th year at BFA. She enjoys being a middle school aide, and getting to watch the kids grow and mature through their years in middle school. She has four kids–the youngest is a senior at ThunderRidge high school–and two very spoiled dogs. She and her husband are quite busy, but in their free time they like to bike ride, hang out with their kids and travel. Disney World is her happy place. She is excited for another great year at BFA! 

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                                                    Nikki Schmit

                                                    Middle School Aide

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                                                        Megan Stoft

                                                        PM Middle School

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                                                        Megan is excited to be joining the Ben Franklin Middle School team as an Instructional Aide. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communications and has her Elementary teaching credential from San Jose State University. She loves working with children of all ages and loves to learn new things. Megan is a California native but has been in Highlands Ranch for almost 8 years. She is married and a mom of 3 BFA students. She loves animals and has a dog, 2 rabbits, a gerbil and a parakeet! In her free time, Megan loves to garden and play with her pets. She loves the ocean and is always excited to travel to a new beach and visit family in California! She is looking forward to a great year at Ben Franklin and getting to know all of our amazing middle schoolers!

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                                                            Kyle Nolting

                                                            STEM Coordinator

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                                                            Kyle Nolting is the STEM Coordinator at Ben Franklin Academy. Kyle is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in education from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. He has a background in K-12 science and technology education while teaching for the New York City department of education. In the classroom, he has interests in STEM curriculum design, ASD Education, Gifted & Talented Education, Multicultural Teaching Practices, LGBTQ+ Youth Advocacy and DEI Work. Outside of the classroom, Kyle is interested in hiking, birding, fly fishing and general all around spending time outdoors. He is excited to meet you on campus!

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                                                                Anne Chacon

                                                                Lunch Aide

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                                                                Anne has been a part of the BFA family for five years now and loves everything that Ben Franklin Academy stands for. She is a Colorado native and resides in the Highlands Ranch with her two dogs and her significant other. Anne has a son at BFA. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook and explore the outdoors. Anne has decided to continue her education by going back to school to earn her associate’s in business marketing.

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                                                                    Alaina Tinney

                                                                    Lunch Aide

                                                                     
                                                                    Alaina has a BA in Communication Studies with a Minor in Business from San Jose State University. Previous work experience has included being a business owner, substitute teacher and event coordinator. In her free time she loves being with her husband and daughter traveling, hiking, or watching movies.
                                                                     

                                                                        Monte Brook

                                                                        Facilities Manager

                                                                            Deb Williams

                                                                            Librarian

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                                                                            Deb grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended Eastfield College where she studied Early Childhood Development.  For many years she was a foster parent for severely abused children which was heartbreaking and challenging, but also rewarding. She wanted to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren so in 2017 she made the move to Colorado from Ohio and came to work at BFA as the 4th grade aide. The following year she became our Librarian and has been happily reading to the students ever since. All three of her grandchildren attended BFA but they are now headed to college and Heritage High School.

                                                                            In her free time she loves to read (surprise), swim, spend time with her grandchildren and love on her granddogs.

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                                                                                Michelle Bynum

                                                                                Co-Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

                                                                                Email Michelle is very excited to be in the front office at Ben Franklin Academy. Michelle has been the founding teams longest and most consistent volunteer.  She’s helped in a number of areas; front desk, attendance and health room. She’s been a very active volunteer for her kid’s education and played an integral role founding Ben Franklin Academy. She graduated from Colorado State University at Pueblo with a degree in mass communications.  Her family is very important to her: husband Brent, daughter Kate and son Jacob.

                                                                                 

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                                                                                    Colleen Bobbin

                                                                                    Director of Admissions & Records

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                                                                                    Colleen joined the Ben Franklin Academy office staff in January 2013. She worked part-time as the receptionist and then, from 2015-2018, shared the office manager role. In June 2018, she transitioned to her current role of Director of Admissions & Records, handling student records and all new K-8 student enrollment.

                                                                                    Colleen is originally from New Jersey but was raised in Northern California. She moved to Colorado from San Francisco in 2001 and married her husband, Nathan, two years later. They have a daughter and a son, both of whom started at BFA when the doors opened in September 2011.

                                                                                    Colleen thrives on the interaction and fast-paced environment of the Ben Franklin Academy office. When she’s not working or with her family, however, she loves to run. It’s a great way to stay fit, unwind and experience the beauty of Colorado.

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                                                                                        Carrie Keen

                                                                                        Communications Manager

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                                                                                        Carrie has served the BFA community since before the school opened its doors. She is a BFA founding family and, prior to her current role, dedicated her free time toward volunteering on various BFA committees. She has served as the Communication Manager for six years. She received a BSBA with an emphasis in marketing from Saint Louis University. Prior to moving to Colorado, Carrie spent 11 years with the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. Carrie enjoys spending time with family, friends and volunteering.

                                                                                            Jennifer Jones 

                                                                                            Co-Office Manager

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                                                                                            Jen is excited to be part of the Ben Franklin Academy staff.  She has been a part of BFA since the first year when her daughter started Kindergarten. Jen moved from Fairfax, VA, nine years ago and loves living in Colorado! Her husband and two kids enjoy being part of BFA and the community.  In her free time, she volunteers at the school in the classroom or with PTO, loves to crochet, travel and hikes every chance she gets.
                                                                                             
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                                                                                                Kelly Marie Paulson

                                                                                                Health Aide

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                                                                                                    Bree Dunn

                                                                                                    Life Skills Instructor

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                                                                                                    Miss. Dunn is excited to further her involvement with Ben Franklin Academy. She loves the students and is passionate about creating an environment that the students feel safe in. She has her BS in Marine Biology from BYU-Hawai’i and loved her time in education. In previous years, she has worked in a variety of child care positions, from nannying to rearing children’s excitement for the sciences on a sailboat. Last year she got to know many students as a substitute teacher, and that furthered her interest in teaching. In her free time, she likes to spend her days outdoors enjoying warm weather. Sporting events are a great hobby of hers, whether she is playing or spectating!

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                                                                                                        Lauren Flint

                                                                                                        Elementary Science Teacher

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        After being a substitute at BFA for the past three years, Lauren is very excited to now be the Elementary Science Specialist! She grew up in Littleton and graduated from Columbine high school. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a biomedical emphasis and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Lauren also studied Emergency Medical Services at Aims Community College and became EMT certified along with additional special certificates. After graduating she worked in the medical field for several years before returning to school to complete a Master’s Degree. Lauren earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida (go Gators!) in Forensic DNA Analysis and Serology.  

                                                                                                        Shortly after earning her degree, she became a stay-at-home mom and spent seven years taking care of her two kids before returning to work. She loves being around all the kids and is looking forward to being here full-time this year!

                                                                                                        In her spare time Lauren enjoys getting outside to hike, bike, swim or read. Her family loves to adventure around the country and they typically go on two road trips per year! They love visiting national parks and monuments and trying local food. They also love to take their dog, Tucker, anywhere they can! 

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                            Ali Hinkle

                                                                                                            K-8 Art Teacher

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                                                                                                            Ali has been teaching for more than twenty years. She graduated from Sussex University in England with a bachelor’s degree in Art and Education and went on to teach in England, Spain and Italy for many years before coming to America in 1994. After spending a few years at home with her children, she began teaching again. She has been teaching art in Core Knowledge schools in Douglas County since 2005. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, John, who is  a native Coloradan. They have two children who are busy pursuing their own careers. Their daughter is a Sargent in the Air National Guard working towards her nursing degree and their son is studying engineering at CU Boulder. She loves teaching art and is proud to have been a part of Ben Franklin Academy from the beginning. She is also excited to be able to teach at a S.T.E.A.M. school where art is considered to be an important part of a well-rounded education.

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                                                                                                              Jaime Johnson

                                                                                                              K-5 Music

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                                                                                                              Ms. Jaime Johnson is happy to be back as the K-8 music director at Ben Franklin Academy. She is responsible for directing all performances and after school classes as well as teaching elementary general music and middle school music and theatre electives.

                                                                                                              Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from University of Redlands and a Masters in Music Education from University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of Ben Franklin, Ms. Johnson is the music director for the theatre group Audience of One and sings with Skyline Chorus, a barbershop group. Prior to BFA, she taught band and orchestra at three Douglas County schools and K-8 general music at a charter school in Denver.

                                                                                                              Ms. Johnson truly believes in the power of the performing arts and is thrilled BFA is a STEAM school. Her role as a music teacher is to teach skills that will help students succeed in school and in life such as working with others, listening, storytelling, speaking in front of a group, being a good audience and accepting other people’s interests. Through the arts, she has seen students come out of their shells and embrace learning.

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                                                                                                                Beth Konesky

                                                                                                                Middle School S.T.E.A.M.

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                                                                                                                With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Creighton University, more than 10 years in the computer industry as a programmer and network engineer, along with many years as a Technology Teacher, Beth has a plethora of ideas and hands-on activities to inspire and challenge students. A die-hard Broncos fan, Beth loves Colorado, the outdoors, her two teenage daughters, and learning new things!

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                                                                                                                  Craig Macias

                                                                                                                  Middle School PE & Health

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                                                                                                                  I am a sixth year teacher and a graduate of Colorado State University.  My course work and life have prepared me to be an informed, dynamic, professional in the Health and Physical Education field. In high school I was on the baseball, football and tennis teams where my coaches taught me the value of hard work, dedication, being a stand up individual and many other life lessons that I hope I can pass along to my students.   I do not only teach Health and Physical Education, I also live it.  I like to think that I practice what I preach!  Some of my favorite hobbies are exercising and playing/coaching different sports.  I have coached elite youth baseball, football and golf throughout the last ten years which has helped inspire me to pursue my dream of becoming a Health and Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director.  I love to try new things and spend time with my family and friends.  Lastly I truly love and have a lot of passion for what I do.  I believe I have the best job in the world, and get up every day thankful that I get to do what I do.  I love working with all my students, and having the opportunity to teach them how to be healthy and physically fit.

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                                                                                                                    Janelle Nichols

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                                                                                                                        Laura Tickle

                                                                                                                        K-5 Technology

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                                                                                                                        Teaching has always been a passion of Laura’s, and she loves being a member of the Ben Franklin Academy staff. Laura has taught for many years. She has taught fourth grade and currently is the K-5 Specials technology teacher. Technology is important to BFA and Laura is able to help effectively integrate technology into the hands of students at BFA.

                                                                                                                        Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in 2009 in Elementary Education from Purdue University. She has her certification in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado at Denver, as well as a Masters in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Laura also received an award for ‘Outstanding Student in the Program’ at the end of her Masters program course work. This ILT program not only allowed Laura to grow with her own personal education, but it helps bring many of the latest ideas and projects related to technology into the classrooms at BFA. Laura also teaches two educational technology courses at the University of Colorado at Denver.

                                                                                                                        A Colorado native, Laura loves working out, watching football and spending time with her family.

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                                                                                                                          Dana Tromeur-Nach

                                                                                                                          Specials Aide

                                                                                                                          Dana is an Instructional Assistant for the Specials team. Before coming to Ben Franklin Academy, she worked at Coyote Creek Elementary as an Educational Assistant.  Dana moved to Highlands Ranch in 2009 from New Jersey, and she absolutely LOVES it here!! She loves the sunshine, mountains, and the people. Dana and her husband have three children, three cats, and a dog.

                                                                                                                           Dana is very excited to be part of BFA!

                                                                                                                              Richa Mitchell

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                                                                                                                              Richa is excited to be a part of the Theatre department at BFA! She worked in news and magazine coverage prior to Ben Franklin. Richa graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Journalism. She is married and has a sweet daughter, Shaila. In her free time, Richa enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and visiting her favorite city, Los Angeles.
                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                  Sarah Harrell

                                                                                                                                  Student Support Coordinator

                                                                                                                                  504 Coordinator
                                                                                                                                  K-4th Grade Learning Specialist
                                                                                                                                  English Language Development Teacher

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                                                                                                                                  Sarah Harrell is a Colorado native and received her B.A. from CU Boulder.  After working with students of all ages for several years in a variety of settings including residential treatment facilities and charter schools, she decided that she most enjoyed working with struggling students.  Sarah received her Literacy Intervention Specialist certificate from Colorado College.  She then went on to attain her M.Ed in Special Education. She works as one of the Learning Specialists as well as the 504 Coordinator and ELD teacher.

                                                                                                                                  She and her husband, David, have two college-age sons, D.C. and Xavier. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling anywhere, reading, hiking, spending time outdoors, and watching Xavier play football. She also loves to volunteer with RezDawg Rescue.

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                                                                                                                                      Sarah Russell

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                                                                                                                                      Special Education Team Lead

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                                                                                                                                      Sarah Russell is an accomplished Speech Language Pathologist who graduated with her Masters degree from the University of Colorado and Undergraduate degree from Miami University.  She has always wanted to work with children and help them improve their communication skills.  Sarah’s experience covers many settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and Purdue University as an associate professor.  After taking a few years off from her career to spend time with her three amazing young children and wonderful husband. Sarah is excited to be part of the BFA team!! As a fun fact, Sarah attended school in Michigan as a child, and for 8 years wore the same plaid as the students at BFA! What a coincidence!!

                                                                                                                                          Hugh Redford

                                                                                                                                          School Psychologist

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                                                                                                                                          This is going to be Hugh’s eleventh year at Ben Franklin Academy as the licensed school psychologist and 15th year with Douglas County. He received his Ed.S. in School Psychology from UCD and began working with students in 1996. Hugh really loves working at Ben Franklin because he is able to get into the classroom on a daily basis and teaches social emotional learning to students. Additionally he teaches bully-proofing to our fourth grade students.
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                          Hugh just celebrated his 26th anniversary with his wonderful wife. His daughter is at Berkeley and his son is at UCSD. When Hugh is not with his family you can find him at the ice rink playing ‘old-man’ hockey. 
                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                              Jennifer Woudenberg

                                                                                                                                              MS Counselor

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                                                                                                                                              I am the Middle School Counselor at BFA. I have been in education for over 15 years and love working with middle schoolers! I grew up in Colorado and love living here! I met my husband of 17 years in college in sunny southern CA where I was attending Chapman University. Somehow convinced the SoCal boy to move to CO to be with my family and we have been in Highlands Ranch for 16 years, raising our son and dogs! In my free time, I love spending time with my family outdoors in the mountains, going to the movies, at an Avs game, or doing anything with my son and husband!

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                                                                                                                                                Angela Bond

                                                                                                                                                Gifted and Talented Specialist

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                                                                                                                                                I am a Texas Native, but I have lived in Highlands Ranch for more than 15 years.  I have an amazing husband and two awesome sons.  I love the mountains, the 4 seasons, and all of the outdoor opportunities that living in Colorado provides.  In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, and reading for fun or to learn something new.  I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Northern Colorado.  Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a Software Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and as a Project Manager at a small start up software company in Austin.  I was also lucky to be a stay-at-home mom when my sons were younger.

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                                                                                                                                                    Katie Murphy

                                                                                                                                                    Gifted and Talented Specialist

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                                                                                                                                                    Katie completed her 19th 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 sixth year as the Gifted and Talented Eduction Specialist 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 endorsement from Regis University.

                                                                                                                                                    Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Katie moved to Colorado in 1999. She lives with her husband, Patrick, their three children, Lillia (11th grade), Aidan (8th grade) and Charlie (5th grade), and their dog, Stella,  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 walking her dog on 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, skiing, and visiting her family in Wisconsin.

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                                                                                                                                                      Erin Straubel

                                                                                                                                                      Middle School Moderate Needs Teacher

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                                                                                                                                                          Becky Archunde

                                                                                                                                                          Occupational Therapist

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                                                                                                                                                          Mrs. Archunde grew up in a small town of Iowa working on her family farm, learning more from the value of hard work than all of her schooling put together. She went to Simpson College in Iowa, majoring in Biology and staying active in many activities including leading the Student Service group and playing college-level basketball, including playing in the NCAA tournament. After exploring many medical fields, she decided Occupational Therapy was where she was being called and moved to Fort Collins for her Masters in OT at Colorado State University. Becky has worked in many different settings of OT throughout her nearly 20 years of practice including hand therapy, acute and subacute adult rehab, child/adolescent therapy, teaching OT students, and many years of management. She loves using her problem solving skills collaboratively with her team to find the solution to help those she works with. She believes every person has value and a purpose and tries to inspire everyone to find their potential to make a difference in the world.
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                                                                                                                                                              Ellen Cain

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                                                                                                                                                              Literacy Interventionist

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                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Paulette Graves

                                                                                                                                                                  Literacy Specialist

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                                                                                                                                                                  Mrs. Graves was an Elementary Education Teacher for 17 years in Michigan. She has a B.S. Michigan State University and her masters from Oakland University. She has experience in most elementary grades; she taught second, third, and fourth grades primarily and one year of kindergarten. Her hobbies include needlework, golf and watercolor painting.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Tracy Pierce

                                                                                                                                                                      Second Step Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                      Tracy is thrilled to join the eighth grade team for her third year at Ben Franklin Academy.  Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Colorado at Boulder. 

                                                                                                                                                                      Tracy grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, visiting Colorado often, and finally moving to Denver after college.  She has a wide variety of teaching experience that ranges from traditional classrooms to directing an overnight camp to homeschooling her own children in an RV for seven months while traveling the country.  

                                                                                                                                                                      Tracy and her husband, Josh, have two daughters who attend Ben Franklin Academy and an Australian Shepard named Sydney.  When she is not at school, Tracy spends time hiking, snow blading, watching Chicago sports (GO Cubs!), doing anything she can find at Michaels, and traveling to visit family or explore this beautiful world.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Jackie Losasso

                                                                                                                                                                          Special Education Paraprofessional

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                                                                                                                                                                          Jackie has worked as an ISS para for several years in Douglas county.  She received her college degree from University of Northern Colorado.  She has worked with various special needs populations over the past 30 years.  Jackie lives in Highland Ranch with her husband and her dog Layla.  She has two adult children, a son and a daughter.  Jackie calls herself an energizer bunny; she enjoys yoga, weight lifting, and speed walking.  She has a unique passion for working with students, and receives tremendous joy from working with BFA students.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Michelle Ziegler

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                                                                                                                                                                              Michelle grew up in Illinois but moved to Colorado in high school. She received her bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. After several years of being involved with special education, she decided her calling was to work with kids and is finishing up her masters from Grand Canyon University in Special Education.
                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                              When not working she enjoys raising chickens and spending time with her husband and two children.
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