2nd Grade Team

 Carolyn Lohr



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.



Email: KIRSTEN_MURPHY@dpsk12.org

This is Ms. Murphy’s 16th year of teaching. She has taught from toddler age all the way through middle school in three different states and in both public and private schools. Ms. Murphy was a teacher at KCAA during its first three years and is excited to be returning to teach second grade this year. Ms. Murphy is a CU Boulder graduate and holds her Master’s Degree in Literacy Education. In her free time Ms. Murphy loves to spend time in the mountains hiking, camping, skiing or biking. She also loves long walks with her golden retriever Morrison. When not outside, Ms. Murphy loves to curl up with a good book, write poetry, and listen to good music.