North Cedar teacher already a favorite

HS journalism: Newcomer Kayla Schockemoehl teaching biology

Freshmen Erica Jones and Shelby Slaton learn how to use the new “Z” spaces in Kayla Schockemoehl’s biology classroom. (Kaitlyn Thompson/North Cedar freshman)
Freshmen Erica Jones and Shelby Slaton learn how to use the new “Z” spaces in Kayla Schockemoehl’s biology classroom. (Kaitlyn Thompson/North Cedar freshman)

CLARENCE — North Cedar welcomed three new teachers this school year, including Kayla Schockemoehl.

Schockemoehl is the new Biology teacher who replaced 10-year veteran teacher Jay Fetzer. Fetzer recently was promoted to teacher coach at North Cedar. With a new teacher comes a new teaching style for the students. Schockemoehl likes to teach cooperatively.

“It allows students to get that social aspect in class, but still allows the teacher to direct the lesson,” Schockemoehl said.

She teaches seven classes at the high school, five classes of regular biology and two of advanced.

The students have been enjoying Schockemoehl’s classes.

“She’s my favorite teacher,” Karlie Proesch said. “She’s really understanding and helps us out with what we need. She always makes sure we understand something before going on and will go back over it with us if we don’t get it (we usually do).”

Schockemoehl student-taught at Cascade junior/senior high school in the classes of biology, environmental science and anatomy and physiology. Her favorite unit to teach is Genetics/DNA. She thinks it is a lot of fun to teach and is a very relatable unit. Plus she gets to use a lot of fun activities when she teaches it.

Not only is Schockemoehl a new teacher, but she’s a new teacher in a new room. Schockemoehl’s classroom is located in the new wing at North Cedar that was built completed in the summer.

“I absolutely love my new biology room and equipment,” she said. “I feel very lucky as a first year teacher to have such great facilities. It definitely makes learning in biology much easier if you have nice, new equipment and I think students get a little more excited to use them.”

The students definitely are getting excited about science.


“Learning how to use everything and learning what the new equipment is was a lot of fun,” said Nicole Sander. “We got to turn on the fume hood, which was completely new to us. It was really cool learning what the fume hood was all about and how we were going to be using it in the future.”



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