Mary Kalinowski



5th Grade

Family:  I am happily living in Denver with my husband and young son. I am from St. Louis, MO, where my parents and brothers live with their families.

Colleges/Degrees: Southeast Missouri State University, BA in Public Relations and BS in Spanish, University of Colorado Denver, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Linguistically Diverse Education.

Why I work in education: My mom inspired me to be a teacher, as she was a reading teacher who taught me to love literacy and the value of connecting with community. I became a teacher to learn and grow with my students every day, and appreciate my students and colleagues as who they are.

Education career path: I have been working in DPS for over 15 years as a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teacher.

Hobbies/In my spare time: I enjoy spending time with my family, getting outdoors, traveling, reading with my son and cooking.

Something you’d be surprised to know about me: I played soccer growing up and it’s still my favorite sport. I’ve even been to a Women’s World Cup and saw the United States Women’s National Team play in France.