PetePeter Castillo, Executive Principal –

Hello KCAA Community!  It is hard to imagine that this is my 7th year here  at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. Together we have constructed a school that no one has ever seen. A K-12 arts magnet school that would enrich the lives of students creatively and engage them in preparing for a future that includes college and career. We have now graduated 2 classes from KCAA with astonishing success. We graduated 100% of our seniors! This year we have enrolled our largest freshman class in KCAA history! As I begin year seven at KCAA as your Executive Principal, I want to share in the amazing growth and accomplishments of every grade level, every student and staff member and every community member who has chosen to send their student to this school. It is my deepest honor to continue on and watch KCAA thrive and prosper. Together we will continue to imagine and achieve!

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Khristian Brace, Elementary Principal

I am almost a native of Colorado. I was born in Denver, raised in Mexico City until the age of four and have lived in Colorado ever since.  I went to DPS schools from Kindergarten through high school. I am married and have two little girls, Brooklyn and Liliana.

As a lifelong learner, traveling has always been one of my passions. I started when I was 16 years old and spent a summer in Brazil as a youth Peace Corp member with an organization called Amigos de las Americas. It was a life shaping experience. While in college, I traveled to Europe for fun but also spent six weeks in Kenya, Africa studying the effects of globalization on indigenous tribes. This trip was part of my undergraduate studies in Psychology and was one of the best experiences of my life. Although traveling is tougher with two little ones, we still go on as many adventures as we can. To stay grounded, I run and practice yoga as often as I can.

I have been an educator for ten years. I was an English as a Second Language teacher for eight years as well as an instructional coach. I participated in the Ritchie Program for School Leaders and continued to receive my Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Denver.

johnJohn Delaney, Middle School Assistant Principal –

Having the opportunity to be the Assistant Principal at KCAA and work with your creative students is not only an honor but also a genuine pleasure. The students, staff and community are so rich with ideas and energy that I feel like this is an excellent fit for all of us. I began my educational journey by teaching science in San Antonio, then moved to Colorado and worked in administration. As an assistant principal in Aurora Public Schools, I developed the leadership skills that have propelled me to Denver Public Schools. My experience is in working in a comprehensive high school that serves students of many diverse learning styles and cultures. My commitment to the KCAA community is that EVERY student receives a quality education- EVERY day!

The Arts and the creative process have always been my passion in education. I want to encourage your students to be involved in rigorous academic courses, develop their creativity and get involved in sports. I have expanded my knowledge and appreciation of the arts over the years. In fact, I welcome you to stop by my office and view my recent paintings.

Marcelle Irvine, High School Assistant Principal –


I was born and raised in the Boston area.  I found my love of the arts at a very young age.  I was involved in music and drama since elementary school, becoming a saxophone player at the age of nine.  I went to Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where I studied English and Music Performance.  I received my Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Urban Education from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  I began my teaching career in Boston Public Schools, where I taught High School English Language Arts and ESL.  I then moved to Denver in 2007.  I taught English Language Arts and English Language Development at Lincoln High School for six years before becoming a Teacher Effectiveness Coach for teachers of English Language Learners at Kennedy High School.  It is my passion to ensure that all students, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, receive equal opportunity and equitable access to education.  I became the High School Assistant Principal here at KCAA in 2015.  I could not be more excited to be at an arts school where I can see our diverse community of learners engage in the arts and build their skills academically.  The amazingly creative, talented, and intelligent students here at KCAA impress me every single day!


CoriCori Herbst-Loehr, Assistant Principal  –

Cori Loehr is proud to be a KCAA school founding partner and taught Digital Media Arts at KCAA for 5 years. This will be her fourth year as part of the administrative team. Having previously served as the Dean of the Arts supporting arts instruction and arts programming at KCAA she will be supporting the elementary program this year as the Elementary Assistant Principal. Mrs. Loehr graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sculpture and Classical Art and a concurrent BFA in Design. Mrs. Loehr practiced graphic design professionally for a number of years, before receiving her education degree from Metro State and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Denver. Mrs. Loehr enjoys cooking, camping, traveling, experiencing great art and movies, spending time with friends, visiting her son in San Diego where is he freshman in college, and most of all lazy days just hanging out with her husband.