Debra Fields (Kids on the Creek) from Letcher County, holds a Master’s in Education and has over 30 years of experience in teaching visual arts, drama and Montessori. She enjoys travel and exploring other cultures and the natural world – passions which are reflected in her art and teaching. Debra has also led the Cowan Creek Art School for the past three years and has been instrumental in expanding the Cowan Community Center’s summer day camps. She leads intergenerational art workshops at the community center throughout the year and acts in the Cowan Community Theater.
Amanda Wells (Kids on the Creek) grew up in Pike County and pursued her love of music at Morehead State University where she earned a Master’s in music education. Amanda has taught music for NYC, Morgan County, and Rowan County Public Schools and voice for the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and MSU’s theater department. In 2013 Amanda received the KMEA District 8 Elementary Educator of the Year Award and the same for Middle School in 2016. She is currently the Vocal Director at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington.
Jeri Katherine Howell (Kids on the Creek) is a gifted singer/songwriter, music teacher and environmental educator from Frankfort, who discovered old time music at Cowan at age 12. As a teen, she apprenticed to Carla Gover and served as a CCMMS teaching assistant. Jeri Katherine has performed in Centre College’s Kentucky Music Ensemble and with the world music band Stirfry Musette. As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, she and her partner in both music and life Nat Colten, performed and lectured in Costa Rica during 2017. The Kentucky Foundation for Women recognized her work in fostering social change through art with the 2018 Firestarter Award. Her original songs can be heard on Branch to Branch and Collage.