Lori Hafner


I am delighted to be the Preschool Director and part of an incredible preschool team here at Ben Franklin Academy. I believe that early learning is a great way to build the foundation of a child’s future by providing opportunities for development and growth. I encourage positive interactions and relationships with both the parents and the children by providing all families with attention, acceptance, and affection.

“What did I want to be when I grew up?”  The question we ask our little ones at the end of every school year at the age of 5!  I can say for myself, I already knew as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher.  I followed my dream and completed a degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis.  My first teaching job took me on an adventure to Nevada, and after getting married, I moved to California and taught for another 2 years. Wanting to move closer back to home brought us to Colorado. I began an in-home licensed childcare business, so I could be home with my own children and still be able to do what I love.  After 23 years, I retired from childcare and had a huge desire to get back into the school setting.  I was excited to step back into the classroom and begin teaching at Ben Franklin.

I was born and raised in North Dakota; I now consider Colorado my home as I have lived here for 26 years.  I absolutely love it in Colorado as my husband, Adrian, and I have raised all three of our children here.  My oldest daughter, Shelby, will finish Pharmacy school in the spring of 2022. Sheldon graduated from UNC in 2021 with a business degree. My youngest, Shantell, graduated from High School in 2021 and will be attending UNC to pursue a teaching degree.  I want nothing more than to instill the love of education in the preschool children here at BFA as my own children love learning.

I am very much looking forward to a more “normal” year to hopefully put 2020 behind us all.  This past year had its challenges, no doubt; because of our remarkable preschool team of teachers, they were able to overcome every obstacle and made it a successful year for every family that attended. Please know we here to make this the best experience for everyone in the preschool program. We indeed are in this all together, and this experience we had encountered has only made us better and stronger! I am so looking forward to being part of another great school year.


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