My name is Mrs. Kochheiser, a sixth grade teacher with Waverly Community Schools in Michigan. Prior to teaching 6th grade, I taught 3rd for 7 years. I am looking forward to serving as a Michigan Educator Voice Fellow as part of America Achieves for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, this year I was honored to be a semi-finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year (2016). I am a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project (2014/Red Cedar Writing Project). Currently, I 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). In addition, I participate in Michigan State University's Arts and Creativity Institute, learning how to integrate arts into my classroom. I am the founder of the student Tech Team in my district and lead this initiative in my school as well. Students who have an interest in technology assist me (and other teachers) in exploring new websites prior to the launch of these in the classroom. In addition, they can assist other teachers who need tech support in their classrooms, too. Our school became 1:1 with Chromebooks this year, and 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.