CCA was created in 2008 by Northwest Denver teachers specializing in language and the arts. All driven and inspired by the creative process, we came together with a vision to develop a high quality arts enrichment program for kids. We provide fun and meaningful experiences for children to explore themselves, others and the world around them through the arts, language and movement.
Jennifer Wiltse has been a bilingual teacher for over 20 years. She uses song, drama, literature and movement to teach Spanish. She continues to study language acquisition theory and effective modalities for language instruction. She holds a Masters in Education with an emphases on Bilingual/Biculturanl Education and has a current Colorado Professional Teacher's Liscense. She currently teaches at Valdez Elementary school in NW Denver.
Chris is a professional studio artist with over ten years teaching experience. His focus is on after school programs & summercamps. He was an artist in residence at Pidea Academy, a junior high magnet school. Through Denver Art society he helped launch a program with Denver Parks & Rec to offer free classes to inner city youth. He currently teaches art through Denver Parks & Rec.
Kelly Mansfield is an artist and art educator, working with children of all ages, and mentoring art teachers, for over 10 years. She is currently at St. Mary's Academy. Her passion is in unleashing the deep awareness children have. She has been a long time member of the National Art Education Association as well as a board member for the Colorado Art Education Association. She recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts from Regis University with an emphases in sensory experiences.
Meet our wonderful teachers
Starting her freshman year in college as a theater major, she became a member of RMTA and has a background with ballet, jazz, contemporary & other movement styles. Currently mastering yoga & dance back at Metro, she studies biology & medicine full time & incorporates that into her movement & teaching. She loves hiking with her pup, the outdoors, music & lives a healthy lifestyle here in beautiful Colorado.
Yarrow is classically trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop & Modern dance. She has danced professionally in three companies & taught choreography in many contexts, with children and adults. She is now raising a daughter and dance is now a favorite hobby!
Matthew is a K-5 Music Teacher for Aurora Public Schools. He stays busy “Spreading Love like Wildfire,” through kid’s yoga, adult yoga, music, drum circles, and a variety of the arts.
Meet the founders and directors
Anya Thomson is the owner and director of The Music Train, LLC which offers classes, lesson, concerts for families and kids. She has built a 2 year curriculum for families with young children that teaches the fundamentals of music through play based and experiential learning. She is a professional singer/musician and has been performing for 15 years in various groups, playing all types of music including Jazz, Blues, Sacred and Secular Choral, Rock, R&B, Folk and Country/Bluegrass. She currently produces familiy friendly concerts in NW Denver.
Rainey is a Kids Yoga Teacher, an Outlaw Yoga Teacher and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. She has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Denver, & has a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Oklahoma University. She teaches kids & adults to honor joyful and childlike behavior in order to reduce stress, prolong good health, and spread peace.
Katy is in her eleventh year as an elementary art educator for Jeffco Public Schools. Katy has developed a philosophy that aims to support a child’s innate sense of creativity, balanced with ideas and techniques to develop artistic skills. Her goal is to engage children in , fun, creative experiences. She has a Masters in Art Education with an emphases in Exceptional Learners.
Justine has taught visual arts to students from preschool to grade twelve for over 20 years. Current she teaches drawing & painting at South HSl in Denver. She has served on the CO Art Education Association’s board for over ten years. Justine’s philosophy is to ignite the innate creativity inherent in all children and help each child to identify their unique voice through a wide variety of media and exploration. She holds a Masters in Education with an emphasis on Creative Teaching Through the Arts.