MEET THE 1st GRADE TEAM
Carolyn is absolutely delighted to have found a home at KCAA. She feels that teaching first grade in such a dynamic, creative environment is the perfect coming together of her two great passions: education and the arts. Carolyn recently graduated from the University of Denver through the Denver Teacher Residency Program with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She is endorsed in linguistically diverse education and special education. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in theatre and vocal performance. During Carolyn’s residency year, she had the opportunity to teach in a kindergarten classroom as well as a first grade classroom. First grade stole her heart, but working with kinders allowed her to appreciate where her first graders would be coming from and the tremendous growth that is made from age 5 to 7. Carolyn believes that student engagement, parental involvement, and a positive classroom environment are the keys to student success. When Carolyn isn’t singing and dancing with her first graders, she can be found doing the same on a local Denver stage ? she regularly performs in musical productions across town.
Christine Winn is a native of Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado and then moved to Chicago where she worked as an actress. She received her Masters of Teaching Language Arts at Northeastern University and then returned home to Denver. She taught Kindergarten/first and second grade in Arvada for fourteen years before moving to KCAA. She has also taught drama and creative writing to kids from preschool through high school. Christie loves KCAA because of the amazing students and because of her wonderful colleagues.
I was born and raised in Denver, CO. I attended the University of Denver and completed two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish. I returned to the University of Denver to complete my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have experience teaching 5th grade in a bilingual school as well as Pre-K and Kindergarten in a Montessori school. This is my first year at KCAA and I LOVE it! Our community has quickly become a second family for me and I love coming to school everyday to see my students, their parents, and my wonderful co-workers!