Broomfield Academy
Meet the Administration and Teaching Staff
Dear Families and Friends,
Broomfield Academy will close its doors at the end of this school year. The small class sizes, world languages, art, technology, swimming, PE and a terrific staff with diverse talents to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners are base components of Broomfield Academy. To provide anything less would be a restructuring of our philosophy that we are unable to do at this time.
We have pride in the ten years we have offered a quality program to families who were looking for a school, for whatever reason, other than their neighborhood public school. We are proud of the members of our staff who have passionately taught their students, giving each what was needed as well as a love for learning. We thank our families and the students who have been part of our community, making this a unique and exciting home for learning about math, reading, the world, science, and everything else but especially ourselves and each other.

Broomfield Academy

Broomfield Academy - Administration and Teaching Staff

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Administration Staff

Susan Rajala - Principal

Mrs. Rajala is the Principal at Broomfield Academy and works with administration, staff, students and families. She has been with Broomfield Academy/Meritor Academy since 2001 and has taught grades 3, 4, and 5. Prior to that, she was a Center Director of a Sylvan Learning Center. In addition, she has taught grades 4, 5, and 7 in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas.

She is currently licensed to teach elementary grades in Colorado and Texas. Susan and her husband were both born in the mid-west and enjoy visiting their families and friends in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

When away from school, Susan enjoys reading, cooking and baking, crafting and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys visits and communication with her former Broomfield Academy students and families.

Anica McFarlane - Director Admissions and Administration

Anica McFarlane is the Director of Admissions and Administration at Broomfield Academy. She is responsible for working with families to schedule tours, prepare contracts and for the processing of financial transactions. She also handles a wide variety of other coordination and scheduling activities – as well as doing all-around air traffic control. She supports the principal and staff in a variety of ways, including scheduling, payroll, accounting, reporting and procurement.

She earned her BA in Business from Queens College in Charlotte, NC. She loves to read, travel, entertain friends and family. She wishes she could ride a Harley and spends time with her husband and daughter.

Teaching Staff

Raynell Dodson, Junior Kindergarten

Raynell Dodson teachers Junior Kindergarten. She has worked in early childhood education for 13 years in many capacities. Early childhood education has always been her passion and joy.

She lives in Firestone with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her extended family. She also loves to have "movie nights" with daughter, niece and nephew. When not watching movies, she can found outside playing softball, camping, fishing, or just enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather on her porch. During football season, you will find her on the couch watching the Denver Broncos playing. GO BRONCOS!!

Rebekah Hallman, K & 1st Grades

Rebekah Hallman has also taught junior kindergarten, second and third grades. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Kansas Wesleyan University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. While there, she also ran cross country and track for the University. Several of her family members have been teachers and that has certainly influenced her teaching. She knows that every student can be successful and is there to guide each student to their greatest potential.

She grew up in Berthoud, Colorado and still lives near the area today. When she's not in the classroom, you can find her running, hiking on the trails, playing card games, or baking sweets.

Terri Certain, 2nd & 3rd Grades

Terri Certain has also taught third grade and the summer elementary prep class at Broomfield Academy. She has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool and kindergarten. She holds her Colorado teachers license with endorsements in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as her Director's License and CDA.

Terri and her husband have been married for 30 years and have raised three daughters. Terri enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, baking, reading, sewing, hiking, and camping.

Farren Wyner, 4th & 5th Grades

Farren Wyner holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in French from Indiana University and Elementary Education credentials through the University of San Diego. She has 14 years of elementary school teaching experience in California and Colorado. Her personal teaching style is to nurture the unique gifts in every child and to make learning enjoyable, creative and engaging.

Farren enjoys vegetable gardening, reading, competitive tennis, cooking healthy meals, playing with her dog and two cats, and hiking with her family. Her heroes are tennis great Serena Williams and former First Lady and activist Eleanor Roosevelt. She loves learning about other cultures and sincerely believes that many essential life lessons can be learned from Star Wars and The Little Prince.

Michael Richard, 6th & 7th Grades and Spanish

Michael Richard has been teaching at various grade levels for over 6 years now. He is the homeroom teacher for 6th and 7th grade, to whom he teaches Math, Language Arts, and History. Mr. Richard also teaches Spanish to each grade level in the school. He started taking Spanish as a 6th grader himself, and he pursued the subject all the way through college where he majored in Spanish at the University of Wyoming. Mr. Richard strives to keep his students engaged by presenting the subject material in new and interesting ways.

After his school day ends at Broomfield Academy, he hustles off to Monarch High School where he volunteers as one of the head coaches of Monarch's Ultimate Frisbee team. Mr. Richard is very passionate about the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and states, "Ultimate is an amazing sport. It is a fun and exciting, fast-paced game that also holds the players to the highest standards of respect and sportsmanship." Besides Ultimate Frisbee, Mr. Richard enjoys many other activities including basketball, climbing, backpacking, and woodworking. And you may catch him riding his bike every once in a while.

Specialty Teaching Staff

Khristy Dean - Art

Khristina Dean enjoys introducing students to art and artists from around the world. Mrs. Dean graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Art History and Minor in Interior Design. She has been teaching at the elementary level for over 20 years. This includes stints in Southern California as a 1st, 2nd, and 7th grade teacher and at several elementary schools here in Colorado.

As one of the 'original' teachers at Broomfield Academy, she switched to Art full time. Her desire is to combine her love of art and teaching into a class that will expose children to the world of art. A lifelong learner, Mrs. Dean continues to take classes and bring the latest techniques to her classroom.

Mrs. Dean is creative outside the classroom and enjoys time in her private studio. Khristina lives in Westminster with her husband and daughter. She values her time with family and enjoys traveling the world.

Marie Folmar - Technology, Extended Day

Marie Folmar teaches Technology at Broomfield Academy. Mrs. Folmar graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's degree in Language Arts and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

In her free time, Mrs. Folmar enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys camping, visiting National Parks, reading, and doing crafts.

Kateryna Perry - Swim Instructor

Kateryna Perry, "Ms. Kat", is one of our swimming instructors / coaches. Ms. Kat has taught swimming at Broomfield Academy for six years.

She grew up in the Ukraine, where she was a competitive swimmer on the National Ukrainian swim team. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Swimming in the Ukraine. She also holds a Master Degree in Sport Psychology.

After moving to the United States, Ms. Kat obtained and keeps current various certifications in the swimming field, including Red Cross, YMCA, Health and Safety Institute. When not teaching at Broomfield Academy, Ms. Kat works part time as shift lead / head lifeguard at local pools of Arvada.

Ms. Kat speaks Russian, Ukrainian and English. She likes to spend her free time hiking, doing yoga or reading.

Michael Richard - Spanish

Michael Richard has taught Spanish to the Middle School students through Explorers classes. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wyoming.

Mr. Richard enjoys both working and playing with students of all ages. "One of the perks to having so many different roles, is that I get to work with just about every student at the school at some point each week."

After his school day ends at Broomfield Academy, he hustles off to Monarch High School where he volunteers as one of the head coaches of Monarch's Ultimate Frisbee team. Mr. Richard is very passionate about the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. "Ultimate is an amazing sport. It is a fun and exciting, fast-paced game that also holds the players to the highest standards of respect and sportsmanship." Besides Ultimate Frisbee, Mr. Richard enjoys many other activities including basketball, climbing, backpacking, and woodworking. And you may catch him riding his bike every once in a while.

Emily Selman - Music & Band

Emily Selman has worked for four years at Broomfield Academy. She received her Master's degree in Music Education and a Kodály Certification from Colorado State University in 2015. Her Bachelor's degree is in Music Education with a trombone emphasis from Ithaca College, 2006.

In addition to general music classes, she has taught concert band, jazz band, brass sectionals, recorder club, guitar club, songwriting, and private lessons throughout Colorado. She performs regularly as a member of the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the William and the Romantics Big Band, and the Mile High Brass Quintet. When not making music, Emily enjoys swing dancing, hiking, camping, and arts and crafts.

Julie Shelley - Health & Fitness

Julie Shelley is the Physical Education teacher at Broomfield Academy. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She has previously taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten and substitute taught for several years. For the past several years Mrs. Julie Shelley has enjoyed teaching Physical Education to Broomfield Academy students, sharing her love of athletics, teamwork and leadership with others.

Sheryl Tarkenton - Extended Day

Sheryl Tarkenton has worked in our Extended Day program since 2014. She has been a BVSD para educator for over 11 years. She has her Early Childhood Education Certificate as well as Pyramid Plus Training.

She lives in Broomfield with her husband of 25 years. She has 4 boys from age 12 to 21 and one cat. She loves children, animals, traveling and gardening.