A good friend of mine has said, “All roads lead to Cherry Valley”, and mine certainly has! Having grown up here in Petaluma, with many of my closest friends attending this fantastic school, I have always felt that our school was a special place that brought forth amazing and creative people.I chose Mary Collins Cherry Valley for my two children, Georgia and Evan, who over their K-8 experiences found their passions, visual art, theater, and music, enriched, encouraged, and expected at MCCV. My own history of growing up with my Mom, local fine artist Ginger Irwin, and attending the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, coupled with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from San Francisco State, helps me bring my passions of art and classroom community to the forefront of my teaching.
4th and 5th grade is an amazing year, filled with growth, independence, critical thinking and buckets of creativity. 4th and 5 this a special time in your child’s elementary experience that I completely love and enjoy. Having taught all grade levels K-6, I’ve come to really understand that these two years are an important time of transition, self-reflection and preparation for middle school. We have an amazing teaching team, with fantastic, rich, integrated curriculum, including yearly overnight field trips that become a legacy memory of the years spent here.
When I’m not at school, you might find me walking around town with my husband, Frank, and my two dogs, Ruby and Champ. I love to get exercise out in nature, traveling around the country with my kids (10 more states before I see all 50!), and visiting my Grandson, Elijah, and his parents in Missouri.