Administration and Support Staff for Elementary

Heather Walton– Elementary Principal

walton, heather elementary principalI grew up in the small towns of Bellflower, Illinois and Edgewater, Colorado.  I was raised volunteering and helping my neighbors and community.  My parents instilled in me the belief that challenges can be turned into opportunities.

I am thrilled to join the KCAA community in the 18-19 school year.  Following my fifteen years in the classroom, and completing my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and my EdS in School Leadership and Policy Studies, I joined Denver Public Schools as an Assistant Principal for six years.  I am honored to have been given the opportunity to be the Principal of KCAA. I am looking forward to providing our students with the curiosity and experience to outreach their potential and fulfill their dreams.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling, and listening to the waves while relaxing on the beach.


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Celeste Mendez– Elementary Secretary

My name is Celeste and I am the Elementary Secretary.  I have been at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy for 4 years.  I started out as a first grade para and then moved on to third grade before moving up to the office.  I graduated from Bear Creek High School and attended Metropolitan State University of Denver for 2 years.  I am a mother of two young boys, Mason and Michael.  My interest include hiking, reading and binge watching Netflix shows!

Tiffany Quinonez– School Nurse

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I have been a nurse for 11 years. I have four beautiful children and I have been married to my husband for 18 years! I love to run, weightlift and go on tropical vacations!

Tiffany Quinonez RN, BSN

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Maggie Donofrio– Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher/Senior Team LEAD

Maggie Donofrio is the STL and GT teacher at KCAA.  She comes from a family of teachers and also wanted to pursue a career working with kids everyday! She majored in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois and earned her Master’s degree in  Curriculum and Leadership.  She grew up in Chicago and taught both 4th and 5th grades while living in Illinois. She and her husband moved from Chicago to Colorado for the mountains, sunshine and adventure! She has a passion for challenging students and teaching them problem-solving strategies through STEM projects. She is excited to be part of all the learning happening in each classroom!

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