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    Gary Babb

    6th Grade

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        Staci Erbaugh

        6th Grade

        Staci Erbaugh is delighted to continue her teaching career at Ben Franklin Academy. Staci’s journey as a teacher started as a young child as she fondly remembers writing on the teacher’s chalkboard and playing school. Her passion for education and children led her to attend Colorado State University & The University of Colorado at Denver for her teaching license. This will be her ninth year in education. 

        In her free time, she loves spending time with her daughter, Jessica. Staci enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, photography, and playing tennis.

        Staci feels grateful to join this community and the BFA family. She values the strong relationship between students, teachers, and parents. Staci’s goal is for students to become successful lifelong learners.

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            Allison Inman

            6th Grade

             
            Allison is delighted to return to Ben Franklin Academy as the sixth grade science teacher. Science is a passion of hers and she loves teaching! After earning her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona in Psychology with Biochemistry minor she studied graduate level Pathobiology at the University of Arizona. During these studies she worked in a laboratory on a microbiology research project.  Shortly thereafter she attended Arizona State University and completed an Elementary Education licensing program. 

            In her free time Allison spends time in nature. Her family tries to explore the wilderness regularly and enjoys camping.

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                Megan Mares

                6th Grade

                 
                Megan is extremely excited to continue her teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at Ben Franklin Academy. She graduated from Western State Colorado University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education endorsement. Additionally, Megan has acquired a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. 
                 
                As a Colorado native, Highlands Ranch has always been home to Megan as she has grown up in the Douglas County School District. She loves being able to teach in the community where she was raised and loves being part of the BFA family. 
                 
                Family, friends, and sports keep Megan extremely busy! On the weekends she can be found coaching a competitive softball team or watching the Colorado sports teams play. She likes to watch movies, hang with friends, spend time with her dog, and soak up the sun in her free time. 
                 

                    Celeste Johnson

                    7th Grade

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                        Kevin Knudsen

                        7th Grade

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                        Kevin is excited to begin his ninth year of teaching.  Kevin has been at BFA from the beginning and spent the first eight years in third and fifth grades. He joined BFA as a second career teacher, having spent the previous years in business.  He looks forward to providing the education, leadership, and guidance to assist with each student’s present and future success. Kevin also coaches the girls and boys basketball teams.

                        Kevin graduated high school at Regis Jesuit.  After high school, Kevin graduated from Colorado State University and later earned his master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.

                        A Colorado native, Kevin lives with his wonderful wife, Sarah, and daughters, Chloe (age 10), Carly (age 9), and Charlotte (5) in Parker.  Kevin looks forward to another great year at Ben Franklin Academy.

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                            Blaise Russell

                            7th Grade

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                            Blaise grew up in Texas, but went to high school here in Colorado. After college in Texas, he spent the next 9 years living and teaching in Indonesia. During his time there, he taught from 1st grade all the way to 12th grade IB. In 2019, he and his family moved back to Colorado and began his teaching career here stateside. He is a husband and a father to an amazing little girl. In his free time, he loves powerlifting as well as any outdoor activity, and is a huge Star Wars nerd.

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                                Christine Svensen

                                7th Grade

                                Christine is excited for another great year at Ben Franklin Academy as the seventh-grade science teacher. Christine has taught middle school for 19 years. She received both her BA in Psychology and her Teaching License from CU Boulder and her MA in Education Administration & Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

                                Christine has lived in Colorado her entire life. She enjoys staying active around Highlands Ranch as well as traveling to new places with her two daughters, who are a Sophomore and Senior in High School. She appreciates all that Colorado has to offer, including the parks and recreation, the mountains with skiing and boarding during the winter months, and hiking and paddleboarding during the summer months. However, Christine dedicates most of her time outside of school to her girls’ sports.

                                Christine is grateful to be part of the BFA community. She looks forward to meeting all of her students and helping them maintain a love for education.

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                                    Jared Case

                                    8th Grade

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                                    Mr. Case will be joining the Ben Franklin Academy team for the 2021-2022 school year. He is beyond excited for the new opportunity and to join the community. He is very passionate about History (especially American History) and Geography. His mission is to create an inclusive classroom and to help his students grow in their academic journeys. He is a recent graduate of Hastings College where he excelled as a student athlete playing baseball for the Broncos, and received the Dwayne Freeman Scholarship awarded for being an outstanding secondary education student. He is now an alumni member of Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society, whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Upon graduation he received a Bachelors in 7-12 History Subject Endorsement. As a first year teacher, Mr. Case concluded his student teaching at Grand Island Senior High. There he taught American History to 9th graders while finishing out his degree. He is ecstatic to return home to Colorado where he was born and raised. He is a big baseball fan, loves hiking and staying active, and loves country music. He graduated High School from Legend High School and has lived in the Parker area since 2009. Family is very important to him and he loves being back with his parents, sister, and yellow lab named Buster. “I’m ecstatic to be in the position, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year.”

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                                        Lisa Dychus

                                        8th Grade

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                                        Lisa is excited to return for her ninth year at Ben Franklin Academy as the 8th grade math teacher.  She earned her BA in Mathematics from Lehigh University and completed her MA in Teaching at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.  As a teacher, Lisa aims to inspire her students to become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.  She incorporates real-world applications of concepts to help students appreciate the mathematics all around them.  Prior to teaching, she put her problem solving skills to the test as a civilian operations research analyst for the US Navy.

                                        Originally from New Jersey, she enjoys spending time outdoors in all seasons and is thrilled to now call Colorado home.  When she’s not in the classroom, Lisa plays ice hockey, swing dances, and enjoys volunteering and spending time in the mountains hiking and skiing.  She is an avid traveler and reader, both of which fuel her passion for learning new things.

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                                            Heather Salberg

                                            8th Grade

                                             
                                            Heather is thrilled to enter another exciting year teaching language arts at BFA. She earned a BA in English/Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and has taught at both the middle and high school level.  She loves that there is never a dull moment teaching middle schoolers and is honored to be a part of their world.
                                             
                                            Heather is not only a staff member, but also a parent who feels privileged to have her children attend such an amazing school.  The Core Knowledge curriculum and 13 virtues are what drew her to BFA both as an educator and a parent. 
                                             
                                            Heather is married with four children and enjoys camping, reading, the ocean, and coffee. : )
                                             
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