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Meet Our Administration Team
Mrs. Jeanie Sienkowski, Principal

Ben Franklin Middle School is a wonderful place where students are loved, supported, and challenged. Together we work hard, practice kindness, and have fun! As an educator in the Valparaiso Community School district for 20 years, I have always valued the relationships formed with kids and families and I look forward to developing lifelong relationships with you, our Ben Franklin families. My daughter, Sydney, is a 10th grader at Valparaiso High School, and my son, Sam, is a 6th grader here at Ben Franklin. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, and reading. I love being a part of the Valparaiso community and I look forward to seeing you throughout the year at both school and community events. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me about any questions, concerns, or ideas you might have.

Mrs. Jean Sienkowski
Email: jsienkowski@valpo.k12.in.us
Phone: 219-531-3020 ext. 4202
Mr. Nick Slater, Assistant Principal

I started teaching in 2009 at Valparaiso High School. I taught social studies with a content in AP Economics. I also coached girls basketball and freshmen baseball at VHS. I was also the intramural coordinator at VHS. In 2016 I was fortunate enough to be the elementary dean for Valpo. I was housed at Flint Lake, but traveled throughout all eight elementary schools. My wife, Ashley, is a former English teacher at Hobart High School and now currently a real estate agent. We have two wonderful children (Isabella 10 and Jackson 5) who will be attending Memorial Elementary in the fall as well as a baby boy who is expected to arrive this December. We have a dog named Rudy (Goldendoodle). I love watching football in the fall - Go Irish and Bear Down! I also enjoy attending baseball games in the summer. Go White Sox!

Mr. Nick Slater
Email: nslater@valpo.k12.in.us
Phone: 219-531-2020