Creative Avenues
Dance ~ Theatre ~ Art
An arts and education enrichment center


Staff Biographies:                                                                                                      


  Joy P. (Co-Director, Owner, Teacher)
Joy has a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Accounting along with a minor in dance and an emphasis in Teacher Education, holds a teaching license with the Colorado Department of Education in Mathematics, Dance, and Early Childhood Education, and holds her Large Center Director license.  She has 22 years of experience teaching Mathematics at Grand Junction High School and Colorado Mesa University as well as over 25 years of experience in dance and theater, including teaching, choreographing, and performing. She has been involved with various organizations including Mesa State Continuing Education, Performing Arts Conservatory, and is the director/owner of Revolution Dance and Executive Director of The Theatre Project and Theatre Project Stages for youth. She continues to dance and perform with 360 Dance Theatre Company, Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective, and is a past board member of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.

  Sabrina C. (Co-Director, Teacher)
Sabrina has over 25 years experience working with children and specializes in making environments kid-friendly and helping students achieve independence and self-esteem. She has completed work for her CDA and is Large Center Director qualified.  She is excited to apply her experience and background in developing an amazing school at Creative Avenues.


  Brielle F. (Teacher and Music Specialist)

Brielle is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages at Creative Avenues as well as specializing in troubled youth through her jobs at several group homes. She has spent years teaching and performing in music as well as theatre.

  Josh J.  (Teacher)

Josh is a Grand Junction native.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Colorado Mesa University and a Masters in the Art of Education from Marygrove College with an emphasis in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  Josh also has a passion for the performing arts especially music and theatre. He has performed in many shows around the valley including shows at the Cabaret Dinner Theater and the Grand Junction Theatre Project.  He has worked with children of all ages for over 15 years and has also written and directed shows for children to help grow their love for the performing arts.

  Merritt M.  (Teacher Specialist)
Merritt graduated from Colorado Mesa University with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and also an Associate Degree in Psychology.  Her experience working with children has enabled her to develop a life-long love of learning and inspiring the youngest learners.  She also has a love and passion for magic an spends much of her time outside of the classroom as a magician!

   Laura R. (Teacher)
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  Amanda S. (Teacher)
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  Dana S. (Teacher)
Dana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theater and has been teaching, directing, and performing for over 20 years.  She has worked with almost every theater in Grand Junction and loves bringing the stage to life for kids and letting them find their own avenue for expression.  Dana has her Early Childhood Teacher endorsements and completed her CDA coursework.  She is the Artistic Director for The Theatre Project and also currently a director/choreographer of the 360 Dance Theater Company as well as teaching hip hop, tap, and latin jazz for Revolution Dance.

  Janet N. (Assistant Teacher)
Janet brings over 30 years experience in literature as a former library circulation specialist and director as well as special work with students requiring individualize education plans.  She has worked with CMU, Mesa County libraries, Hospice and School District 51.  She loves kids and is thrilled to be able to help students learn to love reading and learning!

   Mikaela L. (Assistant Teacher)
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  Alex J. (Assistant Teacher)
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  Leandra M. (Assistant Teacher)
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  Jessica L. (Guest Visual Arts Specialist)

Jessica  graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor's Degree in both Art History and Studio Arts with a focus in sculpture. She brings a wealth of artistic background as well as an amazing passion for art and teaching others about it.  She has several years of experience working with kids and she loves getting to know each one of them and guiding them to develop their own passion for the arts.

  Audrey N. (Guest Visual Arts and Theatre Specialist)

Audrey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago and has been a teacher of art most of her life.  She has taught and created art throughout the United States including Chicago, Wyoming, and Colorado and has experience in all art mediums along with illustration and website design and coding.  She has taught private and group painting classes for all ages as well as working for School District 51 with a variety of ages.  Audrey also has a background in theatre and theatrical productions focusing on set design, costume design, and even directing. She is a board member of The Theatre Project and currently the drama teacher at Grand Junction High School.  She is excited to be able to share her knowledge and love of the visual and performing arts with the students of Creative Avenues.


  Amy M.  (Guest Music Specialist)

Amy is a Grand Junction, Colorado native and began piano study at an early age and continued through college receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Colorado Mesa University.  Amy has been a soloist with the Mesa State College Symphony Orchestra, was a multiple winner of the Julie Amos Piano Scholarship Award, and spent time in Urbino, Italy to further her piano studies. She has been an accompanist for the Mesa State Chamber Choir, the Grand Valley Children's Choir, the Western Colorado Chorale, as well as for local schools, churches, and individuals. Mrs. Long-Markakis was invited to perform a two-piano concert with her brother in Colorado Springs and most recently has enjoyed performing with "Cool Jazz", an ensemble under the symphony umbrella. She has been certified at the Suzuki Institute of the Americas in Snowmass, CO and teaches private lessons although her most important focus currently is with her amazing husband and five wonderful children.





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