Experience:  23 years in education: 20 at CRTC, 3  in Special Education at Merrimack Valley High School
Education/Credentials: 
BS, Keene State, Elementary Ed K-8 and Special Ed K-12; MS, New England College Curriculum & Instruction; Dissertation: Social and Emotional Competence and its Relationship to Academic Achievement
Other Interests: President of Educators Rising NH, love to read, take tap classes, and visit the beach

Email: vkoch@sau8.org

Valerie Koch
​Instructor

Jennifer Strong-Rain
​Instructor- Crimson Tide preschool Lab

Experience: 23 years in education: 13 years teaching hard of hearing and deaf children at an auditory-oral preschool; 2 years teaching title-one preschool for Concord; 8 years at CRTC
Education/Credentials: BS in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer College. Holds her certification from the state of Nh to teach K-3 grade
Other Interests: Running, coaching, family, traveling, PTO
Email: jstrongrain@sau8.org

STUDENTS LEARN>>
Classroom Management, Curriculum Planning, Differentiated Instruction, Educational Psychology, Growth and Development, Instructional Practices, Instructional Technology, Responsive Classroom, Understanding by Design

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES>>
Child Psychologist, Guidance Counselor, Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Pre K-12 Teacher, Social Worker, Special Education Teacher, Speech Pathologist
COLLEGE ALIGNMENT>>
SNHU: SPED206 Interventions in Early Childhood
SNHU: SPED 106 Children with Exceptionalties
SNHU: EDU102 Foundations of Education
SNHU: EDU102L Foundations of Education LAB
​DEV 260 Family & Culture​
​DEV 106 Child Development


CERTIFICATIONS>>
Google Educators, Level I available to interested students​

RECENT DATA:
50 students earning college credits for the 2020-2021 school year

PARALLEL EXPECTATIONS>>
SUGGESTED PREREQUISITE COURSES: Full Course Load Aligned to Preparing for a 4-year College SUGGESTED SIMULTANEOUS COURSES: Psychology, AP Psychology CAREER HIGH VALUE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS & ABILITIES: Written and Oral Communication Skills, Independent Worker, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, Professional Appearance

In our Education & Behavioral Science Program program you will:​

  • Experience working with children through our field work and ELO programs which are customized to meet EBS students interests and future goals
  • Field work experiences take place in our lab, Crimson Tide Lab Preschool, and in elementary, middle, or high school classrooms throughout the community
  • Create and implement lesson plans to meet the learning styles of all students.
  • Explore the connection between learning and psychology
  • Get a tremendous head start to your career through our six dual enrollment courses with SNHU and our relationship with NHTI.
  • Experience quality guest speakers from education, behavioral science, and allied health fields