My name is Mrs. Kochheiser, a sixth grade teacher with Waverly Community Schools in Michigan. I currently teach Language Arts, Reading and Social Studies. I am certified in elementary education (Spring Arbor University), and have a master's degree in Reading and Literacy (Walden University). Prior to teaching 6th grade, I taught 3rd for 7 years. I enjoy inspiring students to read, write and learn about the world around them. I am a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project (2014/Red Cedar Writing Project). I am always on the lookout for new technology, ideas, books and inspiration to meet the students' needs each year. I enjoy working with a classroom student Tech Team. Students who have an interest in technology assist me in exploring new websites prior to the launch of these in the classroom. In addition, they assist other teachers who need tech support in their classrooms, too. As our school became 1:1 with Chromebooks, it was exciting for me to help lead other teachers into the world of the digital classroom.
Before I became a teacher, I graduated from Michigan State University (BA/telecommunication and MA/public relations), and worked for many years as a writer and fundraiser for the American Red Cross and the United Way. I am a huge Spartan fan. Teaching is my dream and my passion. I enjoy helping students become the best writers they can be. Together we will explore how to discover writing ideas, develop your story ideas, add details, and understand good writing techniques.