Acadademics at KCAA

High school students choose from a selection of traditional or honors classes in math, science, social studies and language arts. A unique offering at KCAA is that students rotate through our Career and Technical Education department throughout the school year. This department offers students classes in visual arts, digital media and performance theatre that will eventually earn them college credit. Upper grades are also offered a rich selection of electives including the choice of foreign language and physical education.

KCAA teachers believe in stimulating our students with provocative questions that guide investigations and build deep understanding as well as the critical thinking skills necessary for the 21st century.

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 HS Assistant Principal – Marcelle Irvine



I was born and raised in the Boston area.  I found a love of the arts at a very young age and was involved in music and drama. I became 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.  In 2007, I moved to Denver and taught English Language Arts and English Language Development at Lincoln High School for six years. Then became 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 an equal access and opportunity 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.



Meet the Teachers





Annnette Tenorio – Language Arts

Annette Tenorio has a bachelor’s degree in English from Metro State University of Denver. She is a Denver native, and proud DPS graduate. As a first generation college student, Ms. Tenorio is honored to have the opportunity to serve the students and families of KCAA, and neighborhood she grew up in.  She currently teaches High School English and Student Leadership, but also spent eight years working in High School Student Activities and Student Leadership in Denver Public Schools and at our state Student Council Leadership conferences during the summer and fall. She has been married for twenty years and has two children, her son is a high school freshman, and a daughter  a high school junior. Traveling and photography are two of her favorite hobbies.


Andrea Tyner

Ms. Andrea Tyner – Language Arts

Hello!  My name is Mrs. Andrea Tyner and I am a high school English teacher at KCAA.  I teach English II, AP English Language and Composition and English IV.  I have been teaching for 6 years, 3 years at KCAA.  My favorite aspect of teaching is the relationships I make with my students and their families.  I love being a part of my students’ growth and development.  In addition to being a teacher, I am also a wife and mother to my two kids.

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Mr. Thomas Glenn – Science

While not a Colorado native, I have lived in the state for more than 20 years. I attended Colorado State University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health. Before transitioning to teaching, I worked in Health Physics and Environmental Health and Safety careers. When I decided it was time to make a career shift, I was accepted into the Denver Teacher Residency program and complete my Masters Degree at the University of Denver. As part of the DTR program I worked at KCAA last year, sharing a classroom with a mentor teacher. This year, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have my own classroom at KCAA where I teach Biology. When I’m not at school, I’m spending time with my wife, our son who was born in March of 2016, and our now neglected dog, Callie.


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Julie Waugh – Social Studies/Senior Team Lead

I have been teaching for sixteen years and absolutely love my career. I have taught both English and social studies to grades sixth through college. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Colorado, a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Education Administration from Grand Canyon University.Although I am originally from California, I have lived in Colorado since 1977, so I consider myself a native of our beautiful state. I have four wonderful children: Amanda (Evan), Garrett, Jordan (Alicia), and Savannah (Forrest). In addition, I am the proud grandmother of six: Liam, Scarlet, Tristan, Rylan, Kennedy, and Jackson. My hobbies include skiing, hiking, drawing, reading, traveling, and various arts and crafts. I live in Aurora with my two chihuahuas, Jack Jack and Chiquita.

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Ms. Lindsay Erikson – Social Studies/Senior Team Lead

I am originally from western Massachusetts and I moved out to Denver after I graduated high school to attend the University of Denver to pursue my education, to play soccer, and enjoy the beautiful Rocky mountains. I have since made Colorado my home. I got married in 2012 and now have two wonderful and active twin toddlers. I am an avid and competitive snowboarder. I also enjoy hiking Colorado trails in search of ancient artifacts to add to my collection. I have been teaching high school social studies in DPS since 2005. I have two bachelor degrees in History and Anthropology from the University of Denver. In addition, I have two masters in Secondary Education and Gifted and Talented from DU. Currently, I am working on my third masters in Leadership through CU Denver. I enjoy the small school and family focused setting at KCAA and enjoy supporting students in their career and college goals to help them become successful in achieving their goals.


Anthony Abel-Pype – Social Studies/CTE

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in History and Economics in 2007 and completed my teaching Internship the following year. I have been teaching in Denver Public Schools since 2009. My passion is working alongside students, so they can better recognize and make sense of the structures, systems, and history of the world. This then builds in students a better understanding of our interconnections world. The main focus in every class is for students to critically analyze the deeper meanings of class content. Then they can connect what they are learning in class to their personal lives to create a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world, humanity, and themselves. The ultimate goal of my pedagogy is for students to be empowered to imagine, create, and shape positive changes in the world as well as in their personal lives.

On a more personal note, I am married to the wonderful and fabulous Mrs. Abel-Pype. We have the two best, cutest, most loving dogs ever named Sophie and Mona. I play guitar (somewhat poorly, but I love it anyway). My all-time favorite band is Pearl Jam. And, the quote that best describes me is: “…got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul…” -e. vedder

                   luzmarlin_niMarlin Ms. Marlin Nino – Spanish Instructor

“I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”

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I am a highly motivated and qualified teacher native of Colombia-South America whose primary language is Spanish. I have a degree as a language teacher from one of the most important public institutions in my country and also a master degree in teaching languages. I am fully equipped to successfully impact student achievement.

I possess more than 10 years of progressive experience in the teaching field.  My professional history includes teaching language at elementary, middle and high school in Colombia, as well as, being a college language teacher at Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) and Universitaria de Investigación y Desarrollo (UDI).  But my greatest experience has been coming to the USA as an exchange teacher.  I was able to grow as an educator.   Promoting global awareness through teaching Spanish and using technology in the classroom.  Technology is a new tool of instruction for me, it is rarely used in classrooms in South America.

I am excited to be a part of Kunsmiller because it is a place where every student can succeed and receive the education they deserve.  I was a low income student who found in education a better way to live.  KUNSMILLER IS MY DREAM THAT CAME TRUE.



Ms. Madiha Shaheen – Guidance Counselor – HS

Ms. Shaheen is the School Counselor for grades 9-12 at KCAA.  She is a returning staff member of KCAA HS, a DPS Alum, and she believes strongly in post-secondary readiness options for all her students.  She also oversees the MSUD 21st century readiness after-school program, the Advanced Placement and the SAT program at KCAA.


Ms. Michele Becker – Math/Science

I am a native of Saint Louis, Missouri and a Saint Louis Cardinals fan.   I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Grinnell College in Iowa, my teaching certificate at Saint Louis University, and a Master’s degree from Webster University.   I am currently pursuing additional graduate work in Mathematics,  through Emporia State University in Kansas.

I began my teaching career in Kenya, then returned to Saint Louis where I taught High School Mathematics for 12 years.   This year is my third year teaching at Kunsmiller, and I am very happy to be here.

Collyar Ms. Sara Collyar – Math/Senior Team Lead

I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota.  I have a BA in mathematics from Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, and a MA in library science from UCD.  I taught math at Topeka West High School, in Topeka, Kansas, and at Newton Junior High School in Littleton, Colorado, before staying home while my children were little.  Once they were school age, I taught math at Morey Middle School and at South High School.  I have also supported new teachers and math teachers in DPS and am thrilled to be starting my 33rd year of teaching and leading  here at KCAA!

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Mr. John Carrigan – Math

I am originally from Houston, Texas and lived there until I moved to Denver in the spring of 2015. I went to college at Texas A&M University and studied Petroleum Engineering. After college I worked in the oil and gas business for two years before deciding to pursue a different path. I took some time away from work to reflect on what really mattered to me, and during that time was able to travel to many different countries and meet people from around the world. This led me to leaving Texas in March of 2015 and also looking for a new career path. I knew I wanted to build meaningful relationships and help others achieve their goals, and began subbing in the fall of 2015. From here I was fortunate to find an opening here at KCAA, and after meeting with Mr. Castillo was brought on board in December 2015. While still in my first year of teaching, I have enjoyed my work with students and assisting in their growth and development. Outside of work I enjoy playing and making music, reading,  and playing soccer. I look forward to what the future here at KCAA has in store for me and how I can be a part of KCAA’s growth in the coming year.






Mr. Devin Shanahan – Math

I grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  I went to the University of Colorado and intended on studying engineering, but changed to economics after enjoying those classes.  I also played football for the Buffs and during the summers I coached at the university youth football camps  and really enjoyed it. After college, I continued as an athlete in another sport, then worked with elementary school children in Boulder before moving to Denver to use my economics degree as a commodities trader. Last year, I decided I preferred working with our youth and wanted to get into education. I joined the Denver Teacher Residency Program and worked with a mentor teacher in sixth grade at KCAA and received my Masters Degree in Teaching, Instruction and Curriculum with an emphasis in Urban Education.

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Mr. Don Goodfriend – Special Ed.

I’ve been a teacher in DPS for 20 years.  I’m sort of an aging neo-neo beatnik who came to Boulder many many moons ago to study at the Buddhist University, Naropa Institute.  My  areas of interests are philosophy, art theory, and sesame tofu.  I’ve been married forever and have 2 kids: a 34 year old and a 31 year old. I also have a 16 year old beagle and 2 cats. Life is good.