Student Support Services

    Sarah Harrell

    English Language Development Teacher

    Response to Intervention Team Lead

    Learning Specialist

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    504 Coordinator

    Phone: 720-383-4519 ext. 3225

    Sarah Harrell is a Colorado native and received her B.A. from the University of Colorado.  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 in 2010.  She then received her M. Ed in Special Education and ELD endorsement in 2014. She works as one of the Learning Specialists as well as the 504 Coordinator and ELD teacher.

    In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family.  She and her husband, David, have two boys, D.C. at Utah State University and Xavier at Arapahoe High School.  They enjoy movies, snowboarding, traveling, and watching the boys play sports.  Sarah also loves to read, hike, and spend time with her big extended family in Colorado.

     

        Sarah Russell

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        Special Education Team Lead

        Speech Language Pathologist

        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 seventh 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 ranging from Kindergarten up to eighth grade. Additionally he teaches bully-proofing in fourth and sixth grade.
             
            Hugh just celebrated his 22nd anniversary to his wonderful wife. His daughter is going to be a senior and his son is going to be a sophomore at Thunder Ridge High School. 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 so excited to be joining the BFA family as the Middle School Counselor. I have been working in education for over 15 years in teaching, counseling and coaching. As a licensed school counselor I have worked in middle schools and high schools and now with the students at BFA! When I am not at Ben Franklin I am coaching the Varsity Cheer team at Dakota Ridge HS, watching my son play hockey, or enjoying beautiful Colorado!  I have been married for 16 years to a wonderful man we have a 10 year old son named Jack and four fur babies, two dogs, Bruin and Penny, and two cats, Cinder and Ashby. 

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                  Katie Murphy

                  Gifted and Talented Specialist

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                  Katie completed her sixteenth 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 third year as the gifted and talented teacher 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 certification from Regis University.

                  Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Katie moved to Colorado in 1999. She lives with her husband, Patrick, their three children, Lillia (8th grade), Aidan (5th grade) and Charlie (2nd grade), and their dog 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 running 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, and visiting her family in Wisconsin.

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                    Sara Evert

                    Occupational Therapist

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                        Courtney Young

                        Speech Language Pathology Aide

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                        My name is Courtney Young, and I’m excited to be a part of the BFA team this year! I finished my leveling certificate in speech-language and hearing science and completed my SLPA internship from Metropolitan State University in May of 2018. While I’m working as an assistant to Sarah Russell, BFA’s speech-language pathologist, I will also be taking online courses at the University of Northern Colorado to receive my Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. When I’m done with my degree, I would love to work as either a school-based speech therapist and/or provide in-home intervention for young children with communication disorders.

                        I live in Parker with my husband, Chris, and our two energetic daughters – Sophie (age 9) and Aria (age 7). Our children attend Global Village Academy in Parker where the classes are taught in English and Spanish. I used to be a teacher of English as a Second Language to refugees and asylum seekers – in the USA and abroad- so travel and learning about different languages and cultures are my life-long passions. I also LOVE to garden and spend time outdoors with my family.

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                            Katie Frisbie

                            MS Student Support Specialist

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                            Katie Frisbie is excited to be working at Ben Franklin for her second year. She is a graduate from MSU Denver with her degree in Speech, language, hearing sciences. She is a certified Speech language pathology assistant and is currently working towards her Master’s in Special Education from Grand Canyon University online. Katie loves to hike and run with her two standard poodles. Aside from working with kids, Katie’s passion is traveling the world and tackling new, exciting adventures. She is an avid reader and very involved in the community as a mentor for a nonprofit and leader at her church. She is excited to invest into the students at Ben Franklin for another year!

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                                Ellen Cain

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                                Literacy Specialist

                                READ Act Coordinator

                                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

                                        Janet Harlow

                                        Life Skills and SPED Aide

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                                        Having been a part of Ben Franklin Academy since the first year, Janet has worn several hats for the school.  As the Life Skills teacher, Janet enjoys teaching the sixth, seventh and eighth graders what is necessary for success above and beyond what is learned academically. This will be Janet’s seventh year as a part of the middle school, as she loves working with the young adults of the age group.  Janet will be taking on a new role in the afternoons working with the Student Support Services team. This new role is something Janet is looking forward to. During the summers, Janet is also the co-director of the successful BFA Summer Camp program and during the school year is an active teacher for the BASE program.  Janet enjoys the constant connection with a large number of students, and you can find her with several students around her as they communicate their day. 

                                        Janet has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and enjoys implementing the knowledge gained throughout her studies into the classroom.  Janet is a single mom, of two.  Her daughter works full-time in the management field and is out of the house, while her son is a Corporal with the United States Marine Corps.  As an empty nester, Janet enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her new additions, Harper and Tulo the cats.  Janet has lived in Colorado since 2006, after many years in Texas.  As Wyoming native, she enjoys the wide-open spaces and the mountains. She enjoys drawing, painting, and reading.  She loves watching sports: baseball (the Colorado Rockies being her favorite), football, and basketball.  

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                                          Rachel MacDonald

                                          Special Education Paraprofessional

                                           
                                          Rachel loves working with children in an educational environment and is very excited to have the opportunity to do so at Ben Franklin Academy. Math and science are her real passions and this is her ninth  year working with students of all ages. Rachel graduated from Washburn University in 2014 with a BS in Chemistry. She then went to Denver Seminary where she completed an MA in 2017.
                                           
                                          Rachel currently lives in Littleton with her husband. They recently added to their family by adopting a dog and Rachel is trying to convince her husband to also get a cat! She grew up on a small farm in rural Kansas and is thankful that her husband and her are able to travel back home over the holidays to visit.
                                           
                                          Rachel and her husband love to spend their extra time playing games or hiking. They own enough board games to possibly run their own gaming store. Rachel loves to get lost in a good story, which includes reading, watching movies, writing, or anything like thereof!
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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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