Instructional Aides

    Nannette Preciado

    Kindie AM

    Nannette is excited to be an Instructional Aide at Ben Franklin Academy. She has worked at Bear Canyon Elementary as a Instructional Aide and Health Room Assistant and at Ranch View Middle School with Nutrition Services. Nannette moved to Highlands Ranch in 1995 from California. Nannette and her husband have two children, Rob and Lauren. Rob attends  University of Northern Colorado, and Lauren attends Colorado State University. Nannette enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her family.

    Nannette is very excited to be part of BFA and loves working with the kindergarten students.

        Melissa Eframo

        Kindie PM

            Jillane Disbrow

            Kindie PM

            Jillane is very excited to begin her fifth year at Ben Franklin Academy as the afternoon Instructional Aide for kindergarten. Originally from Wyoming, she attended the University of Wyoming where she received a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Psychology. She has been married to her husband for 23 years. They have two daughters, one who is a junior at Arapahoe High School and one who is a eighth grader at BFA. 

            Jillane looks forward to working with the kindergarten teaching team again and helping sweet kindies learn and grow during the 2018-19 school year.

            Faculty Favorites

                Tiffany deRis

                Kindie/First Grade Aide

                    Mika Hurd

                    1st Grade

                        Holly Melka

                        2nd Grade AM

                        Holly is an Instructional Assistant for the 2nd grade team.  She is a Colorado native.  She has taught Pre- kindergarten and Kindergarten in Jefferson County schools prior to staying home and raising her three children.  She graduated from Metro State College with a BA in Sociology and minored in Psychology.  Holly has been married for 18 years and has three teenage children.  Her oldest son is 16 and she has twins(boy and a girl) who are 13 years old and all attend schools in Douglas County.  She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading and taking walks with her Golden Retriever, Baylee.

                            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.

                            Faculty Favorites

                                Dana Tromeur-Nach

                                3rd Grade AM

                                Dana is an Instructional Assistant for the third grade 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!

                                    Sara Wilkerson

                                    3rd Grade PM

                                    Sara returns to BFA for her third year as an Instructional Aide for the 5th and 3rd grade team.  She grew up in Jackson, Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming.  She has her degree in Elementary Education and has been working in that field for the last 10 years.  Sara and her family moved to Colorado 5 years ago from Arizona and absolutely love it here!

                                    Sara and her husband have two daughters Addison (3rd) and Hailey (K) who also attend BFA.  They also are parents to their dog Oliver and a cat named Lucy.

                                    Faculty Favorites

                                        Heather Salberg

                                        4th Grade PM

                                        I am thrilled to be part of Ben Franklin. I received my BA in English/Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I taught at Alameda High School for several years before coming to BFA. I am a married mother of four with three of my children attending Ben Franklin.  My family and I love the beach, mountains, and weekend adventures on our boat. I am excited for a great school year!

                                            Jennifer Thompson

                                            7th Grade AM/8th Grade PM

                                            Jennifer is excited to start her sixth year as a Middle School IA. She enjoys working with all the Middle School teachers, and students. 

                                            Married for 17 years to Rod, they have two children (Rodger, 9th, and Ashley, 6th grade) In her spare time Jennifer loves to read, write, do puzzles, and swim with the kids.

                                            Faculty Favorites

                                                Scott Hedges

                                                Instructional Aide


                                                    Khristen Fritzsche

                                                    Lunch Aide

                                                        Nicole Schmidt

                                                        Lunch Aide