Welcome to Mrs. Kocher's Kindergarten
I was born in Palmerton, PA and raised in Lehighton. I am the
oldest of 5 children. I have 1 brother and 3 sisters.
I have been married for 40 years and have lived in Alliance, OH,
Peoria, IL, and Macungie, PA. My husband, Paul is an outside
sales consultant. We have 2 wonderful daughters, Dawn is a
veterinarian at St. Francis Animal Hospital in Lehighton/Tamaqua
and is married to Patrick Mriss. They have an 8 year old daughter,
Brynn and a 6 year old son,Brian.
Tara is a special education teacher at the Lehighton Area Middle School and is married to Daniel Derr. They have a 6 year old son, Parker and Phoenix, 2 years old. We love spending time with our grandchildren. Reading, riding bike, kayaking and hiking with them is so much fun.
After graduating from Lehighton High School in 1974, I attended
Mansfield State College. I earned a BS degree in Elementary
Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education in
December 1978. After graduating from college I substituted in
Parkland, Pleasant Valley and Lehighton Districts. I did this until
my second daughter was born and then moved on to own and
operate Small World Day Care Center until 2002. I returned to
teaching in the public district and have been at Mahoning
Elementary for 14 years. I love to teach and my students are so much fun.
I smile everyday as I come to school and look forward to a new adventure.
Kayak, bike ride, hike, read, and joy of teaching children.