Experience: 19 years in education: 16 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: 
reading, writing,passion for the study and exploration of early childhood development

Email: vkoch@sau8.org

Valerie Koch
​Instructor

Teacher Preparation

Jennifer Strong-Rain
​Instructor- Crimson Tide preschool Lab

Experience: 16 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; 4 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: jstongrain@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: EDU200 Intro to Education*
SNHU: SPED210 Early Childhood Issues/Disabilities*
SNHU: EDU270 Foundations of Teaching& Learning*
CERTIFICATIONS>>
Pro-ACT Certification

RECENT DATA:
49 students earning college credits for the 2014-15 school year

PARALLEL EXPECTATIONS>>
SUGGESTED PREREQUISITE COURSES: Full Course Load Aligned to Preparing for a 4-year College 
SUGGESTED SIMULTANEOUS COURSES: Psychology, Human Growth & Development
CAREER HIGH VALUE SOFT SKILLS & ABILITIES: Proper Hygiene, Professional Appearance,Written and Oral Communication Skills, Independent Worker

In our Teacher Preparation program you will:
  • Teach preschool and kindergarten students enrolled in our CrimsonTide Lab School.
  • Engage in a 14 week preschool, elementary, middle, or high school internship to experience all aspects of teaching.
  • Create and implement lesson plans to meet the learning styles of all students.
  • Explore the newest approaches to learning including Brain Rules, UBD, Mindsets, and more.
  • Get a tremendous head start to your teaching career through our three dual enrollment courses with SNHU and our relationship with NHTI.
  • Master the use of school technology including iPADs (loaned out 24/7 to all 2nd year students), educational apps and Smartboards/ENO Boards.