About the Founder

profileJ. Jaye Steen is the Founder and Director of The Creative Difference. She was a founding partner of another arts-based camp  in Arlington, VA. Creative differences in that venture led her to form her own enrichment program, The Creative Difference, which focuses on the natural curiosity and creativity in each child and emphasizes process over product.

She served for several school years as a Teaching Artist with Arena Stage’s Community Engagement Department.

She taught art and drama as an independent Teaching Artist and Artist in Residence in many preschool, elementary, middle and high school programs for 13 years.   If your child has participated in an arts enrichment activity in Arlington, there is a good chance they’ve worked with J.Jaye.

She has also worked as a private tutor for the last 15 years, providing support in reading and writing skills for dozens of families in the DC and Northern Virginia area.

Her greatest passion is to provide opportunities for students of all ages to experience the thrill of learning and creating. J. Jaye develops curriculum, teaches, and provides training and support to tutors and teachers working with The Creative Difference.