CLARENCE — Everyone is familiar with the “Eveready” bunny commercial. The bunny never stops.
There is a teacher at North Cedar High School who is just like that bunny. She never stops.
Jane Koch has taught at North Cedar for 30 years and is constantly on the go. While at North Cedar, Koch has taught Personal Finance, Digital Imaging, 7th Grade Business, Accounting II, ICBA and Multimedia.
On top of that, this year Koch took on the job of teaching various business classes at Midland which include Entrepreneurship, Computer Business Apps., Accounting I-A, Personal Finance, Intro to Business and Accounting I-B.
She also has been the Biz Club/FBLA adviser while at North Cedar.
As part of her advisory the past four years, I have been able to witness just how hard a worker she really is. She is the teacher who puts 110 percent into everything she does, regardless of the situation. Not only is Koch a hardworking teacher, she also is a very caring and loving wife and mother.
Before Clarence-Lowden and Lincoln joined to form North Cedar, Koch was a teacher at Lincoln High School. She also was the yearbook adviser and speech coach. Koch really enjoyed the role as the yearbook adviser and speech coach, but no longer plays those roles at North Cedar because she has taken on various other tasks that keep her very busy.
Koch has been the Biz Club/FBLA adviser at North Cedar for 10 years. Before Future Business Leaders of America got it’s name, it was formerly known as Biz Club. As a former member of FBLA, I can proudly say that Koch has done an outstanding job keeping this organization going at North Cedar. During the FBLA meetings, the members usually take charge and discuss what tasks they need to accomplish. During this time, Koch is there to supervise and answer any questions the members might have.
While it may seem as if the FBLA members have everything under control, being the adviser of this organization is just another big task to add to her “very full” plate.
Koch even has demands during the summer.
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She and Carla Green, who both teach concurrent enrollment courses, must attend Kirkwood Community College for a few days in the summer for professional development. The concurrent enrollment courses Koch currently teaches are Digital Imaging, Intermediate Computer Business Apps. and Emerging Technologies.
“Mrs. Koch,” Green said, “spends almost an entire week at Kirkwood in June attending sessions and collaborating with other colleagues on ways to teach business courses. She does a great job using the strategies she has learned with all her classes.”
During these professional development days, Koch learned about flipping classes where you record yourself teaching a lesson and provide it for students so they have the opportunity to watch the videos outside of class and relearn the information. Koch has recorded more than 800 videos for these classes, but has managed to narrow it down to 438 videos.
Koch does an incredible job of showing us you really can do anything you set your mind to. It is definitely safe to say she goes above and beyond for just about anyone.
If you ever get a chance to talk with Koch, make sure and thank her for her outstanding work not only here at North Cedar, but also at Midland. She deserves it.