Allison is delighted to join Ben Franklin Academy as the sixth grade science teacher. She is passionate about science and loves teaching! She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona in Psychology with a Biochemistry minor. Following graduation she studied undergraduate and graduate level Pathobiology at the University of Arizona and worked in a microbiology laboratory.
At Arizona State University she completed an Elementary Education licensing program and also has a Science Endorsement. She was then a third grade teacher in Arizona. Most recently, Allison has been working with preschoolers in Highlands Ranch.
In the fall of 2018 her four children began attending BFA and love it! In her free time Allison spends time in nature. Her family tries to explore the wilderness regularly and are actively involved in scouting.Faculty Favorites
Katie is thrilled to spend another year at BFA with some of her favorite people: middle schoolers. Katie began teaching in 2001 after finishing her undergrad in Elementary Education from Missouri State University. She then finished her Master’s in Elementary Education three years later. Katie has been at BFA since day one and spent lots of time teaching third grade. She then moved up to middle school to teach social studies and LOVES teaching sixth graders!
Katie loves life in Colorado with her husband, little boy, and two crazy dogs. Together they love to travel, garden, hike and camp whenever possible.
Christine is excited for another great year at Ben Franklin Academy as the sixth grade math teacher. Christine has taught middle school for 15 years. She received both a BA in Psychology and an Elementary Teaching License from CU Boulder, and her MA in Education Administration & Supervision from University of Phoenix.
Christine has lived in Colorado her entire life. She enjoys staying active around Highlands Ranch as well as traveling to new sites with her two daughters, who are in sixth and eighth grade. She appreciates all that Colorado has to offer, including the parks and recreation, the mountains with skiing and boarding during the winter months, and paddle boarding at the lakes 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.Faculty Favorites
Kate is excited to be starting her seventh year with BFA as a middle school Math Teacher. Kate earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010, and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2004, where she played basketball and soccer.
Kate has been married for twelve years, and has two children, both attend BFA. Kate and her husband, Jose, also have two dogs named Mufasa and Nala. Kate grew up in New Jersey and feels lucky to have called Colorado home for the past twelve and a half years. Kate enjoys staying fit, taking long walks, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family and close friends. She can’t wait to help kids have fun learning math at BFA.Faculty Favorites
This will be Genevieve’s sixth year teaching. In addition to teaching seventh grade for four years, Genevieve has worked for Ben Franklin Academy as a second grade Instructional Aide (IA), a fifth grade IA/small group math teacher, and a sixth grade Social Studies teacher. A Colorado native, Genevieve attended the University of Colorado and holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Political Science. Before her second child was born, Genevieve worked primarily in the mutual fund industry and has used that background in the past to teach the middle school’s stock market elective.
In her search for a school that was a great fit for her family, Genevieve came across BFA and is proud to be included in BFA’s founding family and the entire BFA community. Genevieve and her husband love to camp, and play tennis and basketball with their two kids. In her spare time, Genevieve loves to run, read about history and politics, and travel. Genevieve loves to teach the seventh grade curriculum and is very grateful for the opportunity to work at Ben Franklin Academy!Faculty Favorites
This will be Jennifer’s third year teaching 7th grade science at Ben Franklin Academy. Prior to joining BFA, she taught for five years in Pennsylvania – first at a high school, teaching Physics, and then at a cyber school teaching online 8th grade Science. She enjoys teaching all aspects of both life and physical science.
Jennifer received two bachelor degrees from Bucknell University: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering as well as a B.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation, she worked in industry for 11 years as an engineer before deciding teaching was her true calling. She also holds a Masters in Instruction from Drexel University.
Jennifer is married to George, her husband of 26 years, and has two children: Evan, starting 11th grade this year, and Julia, starting 9th grade. When not in the classroom, she enjoys reading (especially about science), biking, and hiking.Faculty Favorites
Nicole is very excited to return to Ben Franklin Academy for her fourth year. This year she will be stepping into the position of 7th grade Language Arts teacher and she is very excited for this new opportunity. She has a passion for learning and knowledge and a deep affection for all things literary.
Nicole has her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education with an added endorsement in Language Arts. Her favorite part of teaching is making connections with her students and helping them grow with maturity and tenacity. She is really looking forward to working with kids who are a little older and ready to dig deeper into content and also who are determining their individual roles and identities.
When not teaching or coaching Battle of the Books at BFA, Nicole spends her free time with her family. She has two daughters (who also attend BFA), a husband, and a dog. Together they hike, kayak, mountain bike, read, catch Pokémon, and play board games.Faculty Favorites
Tracy is thrilled to join BFA this year as a full-time teacher on the seventh grade team. Last year, she spent most days substitute teaching at BFA in almost every grade from pre-K to 8th grade. 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, who keeps everyone on their toes. When she is not at school, Tracy spends time hiking, snow blading, watching Cubs games, doing anything she can find at Michaels and driving between Starbucks and numerous activities in Highlands Ranch.Faculty Favorites
Marty is excited to return to Ben Franklin Academy to teach this year’s group of 8th grade students. This will be her fourth year at BFA. Her teaching experience includes 12 years at Cherry Creek Academy (also a Core Knowledge charter school) teaching 7th and 8th grade science, and three years teaching high school science in Byers, Colorado. Marty received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education, from the University of Wyoming. She has been married 29 years to husband Dave. Their son, Jack will be a junior at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, studying film production. They have a number of pets, including three dogs, a cat, a bird, and many fish. When away from school, Marty enjoys golfing, traveling, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
She is looking forward to meeting a new group of students and engaging them in lots of hands on physics activities!Faculty Favorites
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.
This is my first year teaching and I could not be more excited to join the BFA family. I graduated from MSU Denver with a bachelors in history and an emphasis in secondary education. I was on the dance team at Metro for two years; before that I danced all throughout high school. I also was on the gymnastics team, and sometimes still like to show off my back handspring skills.
I have three sisters and one nephew, who is so adorable that I cannot get enough of him. I grew up in Thornton and graduated from Horizon High School. I am the middle child of my sisters. I have two older sisters and one younger. We are very close and my phone is always going crazy with our group messages. I try to go the gym a lot and smile often. I love to laugh and especially enjoy when I can share my humor with my students.Faculty Favorites
Cynthia will joyfully be teaching Eighth Grade Language Arts at Ben Franklin Academy again this year. She has a passion for language arts and loves to bring it alive for her students. Cynthia earned her bachelor of arts in English from the University of California and a Master’s Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University.
Cynthia loves the crazy Colorado weather, the outdoor lifestyle, and exploring it all with her family. In her spare time you can find her cheering for the Crimson Tide and the Mullen Mustangs, working out, traveling to exotic places, gardening, skiing with her family or (gasp!) reading a good book. She loves the beach, good friends, music, dancing like a fool, and laughing,
Cynthia and her husband, Mike, are blessed with raising two wonderful sons; Chase, who will be a freshman at the University of Alabama and Trey, who is junior at Mullen High School. Both are proud Ben Franklin Academy graduates. Tank, her silly little 9 pound dog, moonlights as the protector of the universe.Faculty Favorites