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. She has been the owner/operator of Creative Avenues for 14 years and currently has her teaching license with the CO Depart. of Ed with endorsements in Mathematics, Dance, and Early Childhood Education along with her large center Director’s License. Joy has 26 years of experience teaching ages 3 through adult including 22 years at GJHS and CMU.
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 Theatre Project. He has worked with children of all ages for over 15 years.
Amanda has always had a passion for kids and started working in Early Childhood in 2014. She has worked in a variety of centers throughout Grand Junction and Colorado and continues to pursue her education to advance her understanding and compassion with young children. Outside of school, she loves to be outdoors and spend time with her family including her little girl!
Merritt and her husband have three children so being an award-winning magician comes in handy. She graduated with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts and a second Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. One of her passions is creating developmentally appropriate lessons and activities. Knowing that all children do not learn the same way, Merritt uses her free time to continue her education by attending conferences like Orton-Gillingham, Steve Spangler Science, and Love and Logic Institute
Laura’s work in Early Childhood Education began in Vail in 1993 working as the lead teacher and coordinator of a local learning program and continued there for 10 years before opening her own daycare. She has had other professions since that time but was always drawn back to working with children and rejoined teaching locally in 2016. She has a true connection with young learners and loves taking them under her wing and nurturing their individual spirits.
Shayna has completed her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in teacher education K-12. She continued her artistic studies at CMU and earned her second Fine Arts Degree in May 2020. She completed a sculpture internship in Minnealpolis and taught art at Caprock Academy before re-joining our faculty at Creative Avenues.
Taryn is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, California as well as having her credentials in Early Childhood Education including a past Director's License with the State of Colorado. She has worked for preschools in California along with several theatres including Disney's El Capitan in Hollywood. She is currently the assistant director of Art Heritage program for School Distn is a firm believer in the importance of not only early education, but Arts Education.
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