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Meet new English Teacher, Ms. Korin Koch

It's a new fiscal year at Minneota Public Schools and it's time to start introducing our new staff! Please welcome Ms. Korin Koch (pronounced Cook)! She will be our new English/Language Arts teacher. She comes to us from Kansas. Recently, she answered 7 good questions so the community of Minneota can get to know her a little bit before the school year starts!

MPS: You are about to embark on your first year of teaching! What are you most excited about?

Ms. Koch: I am most excited to meet my new students- even the ones who hate English! Some of the greatest teachers I have ever had were in the subjects I liked the least. I hope to make this an enjoyable year where all students feel they have the opportunity to succeed.

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MPS: If you could reach out and tell your future students any one thing about yourself, what would tell them?

Ms. Koch: I cannot spell worth a lick. It has always been a struggle for me. As an English educator, this has always been my greatest shame! Whatever your strength is- I hope to make you better, and where you have a weakness- well, we will work on that too. As Nirvana once said- come as you are.

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MPS: What do you like to do in your free time?

Ms. Koch: In my free time I love to bake, read, paddle board on the lake, travel, and snuggle my cat KiKi. One of my greater passions is writing letters to the friends I have met in my travels.

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MPS: You’ll be teaching English classes at MHS. What is your favorite novel? Why?

Ms. Koch: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The language is plain and straightforward, the novel is short enough to read in one sitting, and I cry every time. Hinton was 18 years old when her novel was published- pretty amazing.

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MPS: If you got to star in any movie, which movie character would you like to be? Why?

Ms. Koch: I would love to play Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride. It is one of my favorite movies- and books- and he has such conviction!

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MPS: If you got to have dinner with any three people past/present/future, who would you sit down and have dinner with?

Ms. Koch: C. S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia), J. R. R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings), and Salvador Dali. Lewis and Tolkien had a fascinating friendship in real life, and their service during WWI forever shaped their views on friendship, religion, and the progressive era. They stood apart from many of their counterparts- and I love a good rebel. I love the art of Salvador Dali and would imagine a conversation with him might be as surreal as many of his works.

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MPS: You went to high school and college in Kansas, what brings you to Minneota, MN?

Ms. Koch: Although I was raised in Kansas, I have always considered myself to be a Minnesota girl. I am very close to my extended family and my grandparents, who are from Marshall, and Lake Shetek has always been my home base. Minneota has a small town sense of community that I love and the high achieving attitude that gets things done!