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Pro Team Categories Archives: Knob Hill Elementary Campus Student Support

Mrs. Rhonda Morrison

Mrs. Morrison’s passion in education is early literacy and learning through the arts.  She began her teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher and gradually taught many combinations of Grades 1 to 6.  She completed her MEd degree in leadership and early literacy and worked as an Early Reading Intervention and Literacy Specialist.  Her love of music and the arts was central to her work as an Assistant Principal in three Calgary Board of Education Schools.  For more than 10 years, she continued her leadership as a Principal in another three CBE schools with a focus on personalizing learning, literacy, and learning through the arts. For many years she has been a proud member of the CAA Adult Choir.

Now she is thrilled to support students and staff as an administrator with Calgary Arts Academy as we inspire our youngest learners to go “above and beyond” this year.

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Ms. Josie Drever Chu

Josie’s passion with art started on paper at the age of 2 and continues to intertwine in her everyday life. Her love for drawing, sculpture and photography has earned her a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Photography, as well as a Masters of Fine Art Graduate degree in Photography. Her extensive experience in photography is demonstrated in a portfolio of hundreds of portrait, weddings and events spanning 19 years of professional photography experience. Josie shares her love for photography, not only creatively but way of instruction at the University of Calgary as an instructor of  Film and Digital photography since 2000. She is a mother of two incredible boys and loves to document their everyday journeys with film and digital media and can be found in her studio shooting, editing, writing, creating photographic mixed media pieces, dancing like no one is watching and sipping on coconut lattes.

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Mr. Garrett Thorson

Mr. Thorson is thrilled to be kicking off another year at Calgary Arts Academy!

He began his CAA career as a student teacher in 2014, served as a Resident Artist/Homeroom teacher for the Year 4/5 team in 2015/16, and spent the past year working as the Glenmeadows Elementary Music Specialist. This year, Mr. Thorson returns in a combined role as a Year 4/5 Homeroom Facilitator and team leader for the CAA Middle School Music Program.

Mr. Thorson has earned degrees from the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Music), Dalhousie University (Master of Arts – Musicology), and the University of Calgary (Bachelor of Education.)  He has also been an active member of the Calgary music scene for several years, performing throughout Western Canada in groups such as Cowpuncher, Alright Gents, and The Sweets.

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Mr. Steven Morton

Mr. Morton started with Calgary Arts Academy in 2015.

Steven received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Lethbridge, graduating with distinction. His musical pursuits and studies have offered opportunities to travel within Canada and to a number of countries including Germany, Cuba, the USA and England.

Steven has worked as a production manager for the Youth Singers of Calgary, Cowtown Opera and Storybook Theatre. He has been a musical director for Storybook Theatre, The CAST Program and a SAIT film project, for which he also wrote the music. He was twice contracted as an assistant director for Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Germany) and made his directing debut with Cowtown Opera in 2015 (Mary Poppins Sing-along). Steven teaches voice privately, takes on graphic design jobs and is the director of Fresh Blend – a contemporary acapella ensemble.

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Ms. Leanne Kidd

Leanne Kidd (nee McIndoe) is a Calgarian dance artist, teacher and choreographer. She trained at The International School of Ballet and performed many leading roles with their Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company.  Leanne attended a number of summer schools at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Banff School of Fine Arts, The American Academy of Ballet and the School of Alberta Ballet.  In 1997, she was accepted into London England’s Royal Ballet School.  After three intense years, Leanne graduated as Head Girl, receiving her R.B.S.T.C. Diploma along with several teaching certifications such as: ARAD, AISTD Cecchetti, AISTD National Folk Dance and Benesh Movement Notation Certification. Since returning to Canada, Leanne has taught in numerous studios and schools in Vancouver and Calgary.  She choreographed and staged a full-length production of GLORIA for Jeunesse Classique Ballet Co., performed in Dance Montage, Calgary Cares, Three Left Feet and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks school show, Live And In Sync.

Leanne also began immersing herself in training at DJD, first as a Scholarship Student and later in the Pre-Professional Program. In 2005, Leanne received two grants to study dance in West Africa, a life-changing experience.

Calgary Arts Academy opened their doors in 2003 where Leanne soon became the first full time artist hired in a school in Alberta. She continues to be dedicated to this innovative Kindergarten to Year 9 public charter school, both as an Arts Immersion Dance Artist and Choreographer.  Leanne is looking forward to this school year!

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Mrs. Kimberly Hoey

Mrs. Hoey has been with Calgary Arts Academy since it began in 2003.

She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies.  She then completed her Bachelor of Education with a fine arts and media focus at the University of British Columbia.  She graduated from the BEd program in August 2003 and started with CAA two weeks later.

Over the years, Mrs. Hoey has taught Years 3 to 6 and has enjoyed the challenge and collaboration of being a team leader.  Currently, she feels extremely lucky to be able to have her current role in resource two days per week, helping out students, staff and administration.

She feels she has learned so much from being a part of such a vibrant, growing school community, and feels fortunate to work at such an amazing school with such talented staff and students.

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Ms. Marieclaire Fischer

Ms. Fischer has been with Calgary Arts Academy since 2011.

She comes to us from Australia with a Design background.  She enjoys all facets of visual arts.

You will see her smiling face when you first enter the Knob Hill Elementary School Campus.

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