Sophie Dansereau (Kids on the Creek) from Clay County, attended the first CCMMS in 2002 and was a regular student until she stepped up to teaching assistant for Kids on the Creek. In 2015 Sophie also became our first official “kid wrangler”, filling the afternoons with activities for children of all ages. Sophie holds a degree in Early Education with a concentration in ages Birth through Kindergarten from Appalachian State University in North Carolina is a bilingual early childhood educator for the Children’s Council of Watuaga County, NC.
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.