Academics/Faculty

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

PetePeter_Castillo@dpsk12.org

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!

John_Delaney@dpsk12.org

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.

Lindsay_Erikson@dpsk12.org

Meet the Teachers
 

AnneteeAnnette_tenorio@dpsk12.org

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 Tynerandrea_tyner@dpsk12.org

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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Thomas_glenn@dpsk12.org

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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anthony_abel-pype@dpsk12.org

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 Ninonomantilla@dpsk12.org Ms. Marlin Niño – 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.

 

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Madiha_shaheen@dpsk12.org

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.

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michele_becker@dpsk12.org

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 34th year of teaching and leading here at KCAA.  I am teaching High School Integrated Math year 1 and year 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Goodfriend

don_goodfriend@dpsk12.org

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.