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Kris Stanec

Director of Museum Education, Senior Lecturer

Watch Digital Storytelling from the CC Education Department and Kris' Power of the Arts course.

Teaching and Administrative Experience

  • Director of Museum Education, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (2017-current)
  • Assistant Chair, Education Department, Colorado College (2016)
  • Interim Chair, spring semester, Education Department, Colorado College (2014)
  • Lecturer at Colorado College since 1995
  • Director of K-12 Programs, Education Department, Colorado College (2010-2013)
  • Director, Partnership for Civic Engagement (PCE), Colorado College (Spring 2012)
  • Co-Director, Partnership for Civic Engagement (PCE), Colorado College (2008-2011)
  • Associate Director of Education Programs, Colorado College (2003-2010)
  • Art History Teacher, Swiss Semester for Tenth Graders, Zermatt, Switzerland (Fall 2011)
  • Director, College Aiding Program, Education Department Colorado College (1999-2008)
  • Arts and Humanities Teacher, Grades K-5 Pioneer Elementary, Academy School District Twenty, Colorado Springs, CO (1990-1998)
  • Director of Visual Art, Noteworthy Arts: developed curriculum, trained teachers and taught an after school program used in 60 schools in Los Angeles, CA (1993-1994)
  • Fifth grade Teacher, Pioneer Elementary, Academy School District Twenty, Colorado Springs, CO (1989-1990)

Activities & Interests

Arts Integration, Object Based Learning, Museum and informal education, ceramics, fused glass, jewelry design, technology, children's literature

Inservices, Workshops and Conference Presentations 

  • 2015-2017 - Backwards Design - New Faculty Orientation
  • 2015 - How to Design Goals and Build a Course Around Them - Faculty Workshop
  • 2015 - Imagination Celebration Teacher Institute
  • 2013 - Connecting Cultures and Communicating About Diversity Through the Arts for Teachers and Professionals. Educating Children of Color Summit.
  • 2011 - Arts Mission Statement: Rationale, Development and Accountability. Eagleview Academic Arts Academy.
  • 2011 - Changing Paradigms - Using the Arts to Increase Critical Thinking. Boulder Valley School District.
  • 2011 - Exploring Paradigms - Integration of the Arts. Friends' School, Boulder.
  • 2010 - Changing Student Paradigms. Colorado Art Education Association.
  • 2008 - Digital Storytelling as an Artistic Medium. Colorado Art Education Association.
  • 2008 - Choice Words: Building Relationships with Kids. CC Funquest staff.

Regular Classes

ED206: Independent Study Practicum
ED210: Power of the Arts in Education (2004-current)
ED213: Engaging the Learner
ED370: Arts Integration: Creating Critical Thinkers and Connected Communities (1996-current)
ED403: Advanced Independent Study
ED478Advanced Methods: Critical Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction
ED490: Advanced Research
ED581: Specialized Internships (2012-current)

Kris Stanec
Kris Stanec


    M.A.T., Colorado College, Elementary Education. 
    Masters Research Theses:

    1. Environmental and Installation Art in Elementary School Settings
    2. Let Us Fly: Schoolwide Enrichment Programs as Model for Gifted Children.

    B.A., Colorado College, Psychology. 
    Minor: Theory and Practice of the Arts

    Click here for Kris's CV

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Committees & Governance

  • 2016-17: Strategic Planning for Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (Education Committee Co-Chair)
  • 2014-current: IDEA Space Advisory Board
  • 2013-current: Strategic Planning Action Team: Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching
  • 2004-2013: Partnership for Civic Engagement Steering Committee, including work on separate subcommittees for structure, thematic minor, Community Engaged Leadership Program, CBL course tagging, merge with Center for Service and Learning
  • 2000-2011: Kappa Delta Pi, Educational Honor Society
  • 2008-2009: Athletics Board
  • 2005-2010: Woman's Caucus

Professional Involvement

  • 2004 - current Arts Business Education Consortium (ABE), Colorado Springs
  • 2007-2013  Supervisor of Secondary Art Student Teachers, Colorado College
  • 2006-2012  Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Chapter Counselor, Colorado College
  • 2004-2006  Secondary Clinical Liaison, Colorado College
  • 2004-2006  Coordinator of Secondary Supervisors, Colorado College
  • 2005-2007  Service-Learning Leadership Board, School District Eleven, Colorado Springs
  • 1998-2006  Supervisor of Elementary Student Teachers, Colorado College
  • 1993-1994  Noteworthy Teacher Training Co-Director, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Memberships

National Art Education Association (NAEA)
Colorado Art Education Association (CAEA)
Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
Colorado Association of Teacher Educators (CATE)