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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Emily Pressley- Senior Team Lead and Interventionist Elementary

I am an elementary Senior Team Lead and Interventionist. I am originally from South Carolina, and moved to Denver in 2014, after living in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Guadalajara, Mexico. I absolutely love being a part of the KCAA family, and feel lucky to be able to help both students and teachers be their best! In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking, and reading.







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Troy Hubbell-Elementary Special Education

My name is Troy Hubbell.  This is my seventh year as a teacher, and my ninth year in Denver Public Schools.  I got my bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the University of Redlands, and my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver.  I am am a Denver native and am happy to be teaching students in the city in which I grew up.  Ensuring that all students get the highest quality education is my passion.  I am excited to be at Kunsmiller this year, and am looking forward to getting to know all of our students.


Joy Carreno picJoy Carreño-ESL Elementary Intervention

Hi. I’m Joy Carreno and this is my second year teaching ELD (English Language Development) across grade levels at KCAA.  I graduated from Central Michigan University and received my masters degree at CU.  This will be my 19th year teaching in DPS.

Teaching English to second language learners is dear to my heart.  My husband, Edgar, and two grown step-children are native Spanish speakers.  My grown son is also bilingual.  We love to camp and hike in beautiful Colorado and enjoy salsa dancing every chance we get.


Jennifer Washburn Pic Jennifer Washburn-Senior Team Lead and Interventionist Elementary

Jennifer Washburn is currently in the position of Senior Team Lead and Interventionist.  After growing up and working in Louisiana and Texas, Jennifer moved to Colorado in 1999.  She has been teaching in Denver Public Schools for 18 years and has a passion for working with students with disabilities and reading difficulties.  Jennifer earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Special Education and has worked in both middle and elementary school settings.  She keeps very busy with her three kids, two large labs and a husband that is also a Denver Public Schools teacher.  She is extraordinarily excited to work with teachers and students this year.