Dear Gilbert Campus Families,
Welcome to Benjamin Franklin Charter School and the beautiful Gilbert Campus! My name is Diana Dana and I have the great honor of serving as the principal for the BFCS Gilbert campus. For this first posting in the principal’s corner, I thought it would be fun to get to know your principal a little bit!
My first years teaching were spent in the Chandler Unified School District in Chandler, AZ where I grew up and went to school. I graduated from Chandler High and received my degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. I began teaching at BFCS in 1998 and taught several years here at the Gilbert Campus. While raising my children, I spent the next few years running a pre-school and teaching classes out of my home. As my children started growing up and entering elementary school, I returned to the classroom, and at that time, I also completed my graduate degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. Four years ago, I became the principal of the Gilbert Campus and I absolutely love it! My husband and I have four children who all attend BFCS schools. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful program!
As for our Gilbert campus, I have the highest of expectations for myself, the staff, the students, and the parents. Honest, open communication between staff, home, and school is absolutely essential in the operation of a successful school. I am committed to supporting you as you teach your children the skills and knowledge needed to find success in elementary school and beyond. At our school, we work hard to create a positive environment that allows every person to feel welcome and valued. My desire is that each student will leave our campus with the confidence to know that hard work, creative thinking, and a positive attitude can open the doors to a bright future!
I am so looking forward to this school year and working with all of you! Feel free to stop by the school, introduce yourself, and visit for a few minutes. I look forward to getting to know you and your wonderful children! Please feel free to call the school anytime! Our friendly office staff is here to help! Let’s make it a great year!
Mrs. Diana M. Dana