Academics 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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Executive Principal


Peter Castillo

Hello KCAA Community. It is hard to believe it was 8 years ago when I first came to KCAA. We have grown so much, in size (we now serve over 970 students) in academic achievement (we are now in our second year of being a ‘Green’ school by DPS school performance framework) and artistically (receiving multiple awards at all district art shows and performance events). We celebrate our collective choice to imagine and achieve and we continue to push ourselves further and farther than anyone could have foreseen. We have two years in a row where we graduated 100% of our seniors! We have the first students completing their Associates degree through the ASCENT program free of charge! As KCAA looks towards its first decade celebration (2018/19).

It is an amazingly bright road ahead! It continues to be an honor to work for our KCAA Arts community.

Secondary Assistant Principals



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John Delaney

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!


Lindsay Erikson 

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.

Dorothy Abalos


Dorothy Abalos-Executive Secretary

My name is Dorothy Abalos.  This is my 5th year at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy as a bilingual secretary.  I am a Colorado Native.  Although, I love to travel, I always look forward to coming home to the Colorado Mountains.   I hope to one day purchase a cabin in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and retire.   I have 6 children, 5 boys and 1 girl.  I love to go camping, and just spending quality time with my family.

Bianca Dominguez

 Bianca Dominguez-Secondary Secretary
Meet the Teachers

Raylene Kaufman

English 1, English 4, 092 teacher

I’ve been working at KCAA for about six years, and I’m thankful to be able to work with such great kids in class everyday.  I have been teaching for 19 years, and I am energized each year by the new voices that want to think and share their interpretations of texts.  I love reading literature and seeing the power it has to open eyes to new ways of seeing the world. Writing, an art in itself, is a great way to communicate new ideas, and I hope to pass on my enjoyment of the craft with my students.



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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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 34th year of teaching and leading here at KCAA.  I am teaching high school integrated math year 1 and year 2.

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BIO:   I am very excited to be returning to KCAA for my 5th year.  My past experience includes teaching in the Peace Corps in Kenya, and in public and private  school in both the St. Louis Metro Area, and in the Denver Area.  I have a BA in Math from Grinnell College in Iowa, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Math from Webster University.   At KCAA, I teach Math 3, and the senior level math classes including the concurrent enrollment classes Math for the Liberal Arts, and College Algebra.

I have 2 teenage sons who keep me busy, and a large extended family with whom I enjoy spending time.


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

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Mr. Don Goodfriend – HS 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.