All KAIA teachers have a passion for training kids in their specific artistic discipline, as well as a heart for discipleship. We believe in the words of Acts 17:28, that “In Him we live, and move, and have our being,” and aim to walk this out as we teach, demonstrate and impart. Our creativity is an outflow of our relationship with Jesus, and our aim is to inculcate this understanding in our students. Teachers engage in weekly studies as a group focusing on developing a “Kingdom Creative” mindset and praying for the program and the students together. This is our mission field, and we are committed to serving each student and family with the love of the Father, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and a supreme dedication to excellence.
Meet the Teachers
Kris Storey is an accomplished artist with over two decades of experience in painting with various mediums, with a particular affinity for watercolor. She finds this medium to be a unique and expressive form of art that allows for both freedom and spontaneity, while also producing vivid and translucent colors that seem to dance on the canvas.
Kris has been recognized for her artistic talents, having participated in multiple competitive shows and earning numerous awards for her exceptional works.
Beyond her artistic accomplishments, Kris is passionate about sharing her skills with others. She finds great joy in teaching the “magic” of watercolor painting to students, with the aim of empowering them to utilize their own artistic abilities to connect with others and make a difference in the world.
Mary Rodgers, a Fort Collins, Colorado native, began her dance journey at the young age of four. Her dance repertoire includes a range of techniques such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, and Jazz. A joy was quickly sparked in Mary’s heart for dancing for Jesus as her classes performed to worshipful songs at churches, nursing homes, and onstage.
As her skills developed, Mary performed in numerous full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Snow White. She continued her dance education at Colorado State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. During her time there, Mary received rigorous training in Ballet and Modern techniques, pedagogy, history, repertoire, improvisation, and choreography. She also performed in several student and faculty works and choreographed her own pieces.
Currently, Mary teaches Ballet, Acro, and Worship at the Colorado Ballet Society, where she shares her passion for dance and inspires her students to achieve their full potential in technique, movement, and worship.
Beyond her passion for dance, Mary enjoys coffee crafting, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and community. She has been happily married to her loving husband, Daniel, for five years.
With her wealth of knowledge and expertise, Mary is excited to provide her students at KAIA with the tools they need to grow and excel in their dance journey with the Lord!
Ocean’s love for drawing was evident from the time that she could pick up a pencil, and she began experimenting with digital art at the tender age of 11. Despite only having access to a free art software program, YouTube tutorials and an outdated laptop with a trackpad, her passion for digital art grew as she made do with what she had. As she improved her skills, she invested in better tools and professional classes, pushing her creativity to the limits.
Today, Ocean is a successful artist who sells art commissions and creates original online comics. Her creative vision extends far beyond this, as she aspires to open her own studio and become a director of animated movies and TV shows.
In addition to her visual storytelling pursuits, Ocean is a multi-talented artist with a flair for singing, music, writing, and acting. She is an active member of several worship teams and has performed significant roles in many theatrical productions.
Ocean is committed to sharing her love for art and guiding others on their creative journey. As a Kingdom Arts in Action teacher, she is eager to help students unleash their God-given creativity and develop their storytelling abilities.
Click here to view Ocean’s online comic: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/hexagul-and-lottie/list?title_no=791362