Mary Kalinowski



5th Grade

Family: I am the youngest in my family and I have three older brothers. I am from St. Louis, MO, where my parents and two brothers live with their families. Another brother lives in South Korea. I am currently engaged to be married next summer! 

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 value of connecting with other people. 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 12 years as a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teacher. 

Hobbies/In my spare time: I enjoy spending time with my dog, getting outdoors, traveling, reading 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.