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Michaela Koch

Instructor of Education

Educational Background

Clarke University, Master of Arts in Education, Emphasis: Instructional Leadership

Clarke University, Bachelor of Arts in Education: Endorsements in Special Education, Reading

Cardinal Stritch University: Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Licensures: Elementary Education (K-6), Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (K-8), Reading (K-8), English as a Second Language (K-12)

Teaching Philosophy

I value student voice and student choice as a tool to help give learning meaning. I strive to create a community of learners that understand the importance of the word yet, perseverance, and growth mindset. I value hands on learning approaches, with an emphasis on problem-based learning experiences. As Mary Frances Clarke said “we must…endeavor to make [students] think”. My ultimate goal as an educator is to utilize my talents and skills to help empower students to become lifelong learners and achieve their educational goals.


Professional Background

Before teaching at the college level, Michaela Koch taught in the K-12 public schools in Dubuque, IA and Kenosha WI. Michaela has taught kindergarten, first grade, Title I Reading, and has experience as a K-5 Interventionist.

Michaela, like the rest of the Education Department at Clarke, holds a current teaching license and continues to be active in local schools through Clarke’s Professional Development School model.

Michaela enjoys working with pre-service teachers to discover their personal strengths and interests to infuse into the classroom. She is particularly passionate about the use of educational technology, and providing equitable access to all.

Certifications and Memberships

  • National Association for Professional Development Schools Member
  • National Education Association Member
  • Academic Advising Committee
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Instructional Technology Committee