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Formerly a teacher, athletic coach, Falcon High School assistant principal and athletic director, Andy Franko previously served as the head of school for Mosaica Education, Inc. at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy for five years. Franko presents a diverse perspective to the learning community with 15 years of combined experience in K-12 instruction and administration. As a school leader and member of the Colorado League of Charter Schools board of directors, he has an extensive background in traditional and choice education. He plans to bring his unique outlook to lead the work of the iConnect Zone by ensuring the support of students, families and staff members.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in K-12 art education and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in school leadership. By way of Minnesota, Franko and his wife Dana have lived in School District 49 for the past 11 years. His daughters’ Sophia and Olivia attend Banning Lewis Rance Academy in fourth grade and second grade, respectively.
Charter School Request For Proposals: District 49 believes that every child should have the right to high-quality educational options. A Request For Proposals for high quality charter schools has been released with this in mind. The district is seeking motivated and talented teams of educators, parents, teachers, and community leaders with the commitment to implement effective and innovative methods of educating children. Because we understand that not every student learns the same way, the district desires to operate and authorize a robust portfolio of schools where programs are designed to fit the needs of individual students, while addressing our district’s priority needs for new school development. Learn more on the Charter Schools Authorizing page.
Paul Austin, science educator at Patriot Learning Center, will use a $4200 Teachers and Technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase a 3D printer. Austin and his students will use the 3D printer to create different propellers in a boat drag racing unit. "Without this grant, there's no way we could do the tinkering phase of the project," said Austin. "It isn't cost effective and there's no way we'd be able to wait for a manufacturer to do that process for us."
Kindergartner Cassie Johnson, 6, tells principal Don Knapp that “engineers make machines to make life easier” during a gallery night May 20 at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in District 49.
Dale Bonavita, counselor at Falcon Virtual Academy, explains her recognition by the Colorado Department of Education as online and blended counselor of the year during a Board of Education meeting May 14 in District 49.
"I chose you because you were quite fun to talk to and work with throughout my high school career and encouraged me regularly to pursue greater heights in my writing of which I am so fond of," wrote Johnathan Dillard about FVA teacher Jill Pellegrini, "Thank you enough for being such an amazing teacher." Pellegrini placed the graduation cap on Dillard's head at the school's annual capping ceremony.
"Gymnastics is easier to focus on because of the flexibility I have at Falcon Virtual Academy," said Jay Barnish, who recently qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. "I get more time in the gym when I need it because of the freedom."
Evans International Elementary School fifth-grader Alexis Gonzalez, 11, discusses a question about a story April 9 during a districtwide Battle of the Books competition at Evans International Elementary School in District 49.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC players Carlos Contreras, Josh Phillips and Jaime McGuinness spoke to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students Feb. 6 at Imagine Indigo Ranch.
Graduate Daniella Conway, 18, takes a seat after being awarded a $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarship during a commencement ceremony May 22 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.
Hillary Dennis of Peyton studies mathematics during a GED prep class Feb. 18, 2014, at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.
Seventh grader Caity Chudzinski, 12, watches classmate Jessie Harvilicz, 11, offer important questions, concerning Marco Polo's journey across the Silk Road hundreds of years ago, Aug. 21, 2013, at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in Falcon School District 49.