Kids on the Creek

Welcome to our virtual Kids On The Creek!

Although you’ll be able to find videos here on the CCMMS website, links to all videos as well as activity instructions will be included in our KOTC google classroom, so join us now. It’s free to sign in, and all you need is a gmail address.

We’ll also be sharing student art there in a safe and private way, so be sure to join us to participate fully!

Joining KOTC google classroom:
1. Go to and click Sign In. Sign in with your Google Account. For example,
2. On the Classes page, click Add. Join class.
3. Enter the code aelk26v and click Join.
*If you don’t have a gmail address, you can get one at:

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debra fields



Debra Fields (Kids on the Creekfrom 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 daycamps. She leads intergenerational art workshops at the community center throughout the year and acts in the Cowan Community Theater.


Carla Gover with guitarCarla Gover (Kids on the Creek) is a Letcher County native who first learned banjo from Lee Sexton and mountain singing from her grandmother. Since earning a degree in Appalachian Studies from UK, she has pursued a career as a dancer, songwriter and musician.  She performs with the band Zoe Speaks, and her original music has been featured in documentaries, film, and television. She has won numerous songwriting awards, including Merle Fest’s Chris Austin Contest. Through her music and teaching, Carla seeks to change stereotypes about Appalachia and celebrate the strengths of mountain culture.

Dustin DutyDustin Duty (Kids on the Creekis also a Letcher County native.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and is currently pursing a master’s degree in education at the University of the Cumberlands.  Dustin has taught art in the Letcher County public schools for the past two years.  In his studio, Duty Arts & Graphics, he produces  graphic design, screen printing and art in a variety of media.

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Sarah Howard (Kids on the Creekis a fiddler, singer/songwriter and educator from Perry County, Kentucky.  She was one of our first Cowan Creek Mountain Music School students.  At 13 she studied fiddle with Ray Slone through a Kentucky Folklife apprenticeship and later learned from Art Stamper. Sarah joined the CCMMS faculty in 2007 and has taught harmony singing, fiddle and old time stringband.   She performs and records with her parents and brother Ron as the Howard Family, a bluegrass gospel string band.  Sarah has served as the Gifted & Talented Itinerant Teacher for the Perry County School District for the past nine years.

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