Mrs. Denise Howe

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Mrs. Denise Howe

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Mrs. Denise Howe came to MCS with a strong background in child development, presenting as a guest lecturer at the HAEYC conference in Kauai on the topic of the Reggio Emilia approach to education and participating in the Western States delegation to Reggio Emilia, Italy, as a part of a teacher exchange program. She also gave presentations on Project Based Learning, Marcy Cook Math, and Physical Education in the elementary grades.

Mrs. Howe been a site coordinator for the Dominican University credential program and has supervised students from Sonoma State University. She has worked with the faculty and staff at Sonoma State during their interview process for prospective candidates seeking entry to the credential program. She has previously been our site Administrative Designee, and Title IX officer. She is currently our GATE coordinator.

Mrs. Howe holds a B.A. (Liberal Studies, English Literature, minor), a California teaching credential, and an M.S. (Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis in Reggio Emilia study) from Dominican University of San Rafael. She received a Multiple Subject credential in 1996 and is on track to receive a Preliminary Administrative Services credential in June 2019.  She has taught pre-school, Kindergarten, 2/3rd-grade multi-age and traditional 1st, 3rd, and 6th  grades, as well as coached athletes ranging in ages from age four to adults.


Ms. Coreene Kavanaugh

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Ms. Coreene Kavanaugh

Joining the 2/3 Madrone Team is Ms. Coreene Kavanaugh. Ms. Kavanaugh grew up in Novato, California.  She received a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and MA in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Kavanaugh and her husband, Dominic, have a son, Cullen and a daughter, Lena. Ms. Kavanaugh is so excited to be apart of the Cherry Valley Community. 


Ms. Mary Akers-Bell

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Ms. Mary Akers-Bell

Mary Akers-Bell is a writer, doodler, and 2-3 teacher. A graduate of San Francisco State University’s masters in Language and Literacy, she came to Mary Collins at Cherry Valley in 2017. She taught English in Japan for three years, and grew up romping in the forests of the Midwest.


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Kim Ribeiro

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