A little bit about me...
I have lived in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Dakota, and now I call Minnesota my home. Growing up all over the south provided many cultural and spiritually diverse opportunities. I attended 11 different K-12 schools as well as four colleges (University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Augustana College, and University of Sioux Falls.)
My husband, Brian Koch works for Wells Fargo as a Financial Advisor in downtown Mankato.
I have three children: Kari is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls where she is currently an Admissions Counselor, Charlie is a freshman at University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Charlotte is a junior at Loyola High School.
Buddy, a Cocker Spaniel & Bichon-Frise mix, is our comical dog.
I love to walk Buddy with my husband, watch my kids in their activities, bike ride, bake, read, go to Christian rock concerts, watch old 80's & 90's sitcoms and movies, and travel anywhere.
What led me to teaching Kindergarten at Loyola?
I have been teaching in Catholic Schools since 2003.
My teaching career started with homeschooling my oldest daughter for one year. I loved the time we spent together, and felt called to teach others.
I taught kindergarten for 7 years at Holy Spirit Catholic School in the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools system.
At St. George Catholic Church in Hartford, SD, I taught religious education for 8 years, and directed VBS for 5 years.
Parenting has taught me a lot about setting expectations, following through, developing independent thinkers, and loving children unconditionally. This helps me relate with students and their families.
In 2010-2011, I was blessed to teach Freshman & Sophomore Religion at Loyola High School. During the 2011-2015 school years, I had the pleasure of teaching Junior & Senior Religion and Yearbook, as well as running Campus Ministry, and I became the NHS Advisor in 2012.
Returning to the Kindergarten classroom brings me great joy as I love to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and most important-- about Jesus and our Catholic faith. Play-dough, painting, glitter, giggles, precious stories, working with families...I am so blessed!
Attended: Augustana College, University of Sioux Falls.
Degree: B.A. in Elementary Education, Masters as a K-12 Reading Specialist with an emphasis in Writing
"Don't let anyone think less of you because you are YOUNG. Be an example to all believers in what you TEACH, in the way you LIVE, in your LOVE, your FAITH, and your PURITY." 1 Timothy 4:12