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Mr. Lapointe has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama, as well as his Bachelor of Education degree from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary – Class of 2018 (secondary Drama specialization).
He was a substitute teacher at CAA during the 2018-2019 schoo, year, then started as the full time Phys Ed specialist for the 2019-2020 school year.
What he loves about CAA is the collaborative aspect between staff and students. Everyday is different and the strength of the community at this school is second to none. We always encourage students to step out of their comfort zone, as we make it well-known that we are in a judgement-free environment.
Ms. Barnfather started at Calgary Arts Academy in 2018.
She received her Harmony Certification at Royal Conservatory of Music in 2002, and an advanced diploma in Music Theatre/Performance at Sheridan College in 2005. She received for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2011 and her Bachelor of Education degree in 2013, both at the University of Calgary. She was a high school teacher from 2013 to 2018.
In her career, she was a dancer in the professional division at Alberta Ballet from 1992 to1996, and was a leading performer with Storybook Theatre and Front Row Centre Players from 1996 to 2001. In addition, she was an extra and featured lead in several Film and television projects in Calgary from 1996 to 2008 and was part of the ensemble in “A Christmas Carol” with Theatre Calgary 1998. She was also a singer/dancer with The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede from 1997 to 2002.
Allen is passionate about children and the arts and has been an active volunteer at Calgary Arts Academy for over 9 years, prior to taking on the position of Student Logistics Coordinator. As an enthusiastic supporter of CAA, he believes whole-heartedly in CAA’s education methods and community culture, having seen first-hand the incredible benefits his 3 sons have received from attending.
As a professional musician for over 35 years, Allen has many highlights including performing for the Prime Minister of Canada and touring internationally with country recording act Jo Hikk. He has shared the stage with some of music’s biggest names, earned 4 CCMA nominations and released several songs to radio and videos to CMT.
Allen has actively embraced opportunities that allow him to be a positive role model in children’s lives including his past experience as a school bus driver for 7 years. He enjoys providing a safe, supportive environment for the students at CAA and encourages random acts of kindness every chance he gets!
Ms. Walker started at Calgary Arts Academy in 2017.
With the “Abitur” (High school matriculation equivalent / international baccalaureate) she earned an apprenticeship as a ladies’ custom tailor at the Hiberniaschule in Germany.
After studying violin privately in Amsterdam, Cologne and Berlin and playing in several orchestras, she focused more on chamber music and being a freelance violinist.
Teaching has always been a big part of her life and she gave private lessons. She also earned a Teaching Certification as Junior High School English / Textile Science / Home Economics major at the Hochschule, a university in Freiburg, Germany.
She is very excited to teach at Calgary Arts Academy!
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.
Dylan Thomas has been teaching at Calgary Arts Academy since 2011.
Before completing his Bachelor of Education degree, he completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Drama at the University of Calgary as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.
Mr. Thomas is very passionate about conceptual art as well as experimental theatre and performance art. He really enjoys art forms that encourage “out of the box” thinking.
What Dylan loves about Calgary Arts Academy is the support given to students and staff, allowing them to grow as artists and intellectuals. He loves his job.
Mrs. Schiffner has been associated with Calgary Arts Academy since 2006.
Initially, she was involved as a parent, and then took on the role of School Council chair for two years before becoming the Administrative Secretary.
Jo Ann has an extensive educational background and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a bachelor of Education degree and a Master of Arts degree. In her pivotal role in the school, she provides support to students, staff and parents.
She particularly enjoys her role as school counsellor with the Knob Hill Middle School Campus students.