Marie is originally from Marine City, Mich., which is a small farming town on the Michigan-Canadian border. She graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor's degress in physics, and then attended Harvard University where she earned her masters in genetics. After graduating, Marie continued to reside in the Boston area, teaching science at Fontbonne Academy. She moved to Colorado Springs during the summer of 2005, and continued her teaching career at Falcon High School until 2008 when she and her husband were fortunate enough to adopt their children.
Marie has been married for 18 years to Air Force Maj. Michael Wright. It is their intent to remain in the Falcon area of El Paso County. Marie and Mike have four children attending District 49 schools. Marie says she'll have at least one child attending District 49 schools for the next 14 years. She is passionate about public education, and comes to the table with a firm belief that we can do better for our kids and our community. Marie brings the perspective of both a parent and an educator, and a willingness to listen and to learn.
Andy served on the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education from 2010 to 2012, serving as Treasurer. During the time, Falcon became an Innovation district by decentralizing it's central office and developing zones of innovation. Andy has owned his own insurance company since 1999 and has developed it in to the top performing agency for his company in El Paso County. Andy has served on the Falcon school district's Long Range Planning committee and is an active volunteer in his community.
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.
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