Denise Howe, BA (Liberal Studies), MS (Curriculum and Instruction), is both a parent and a teacher at Mary Collins School. She has worked with Petaluma City Schools since 1996, and joined the Mary Collins School staff in 2006. She is a former big-wall climber, competitive athlete and currently finds her happy place reading voraciously, mostly non-fiction. Her classroom is energetic, sometimes silly, and full of a very curious bunch of folks, ready to explore, create and get things done. Polka Spot, the class mascot, makes frequent photo bombs, which adds to the fun.