Katherine Koch-Laveen
Apple Valley High School
14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley,
MN 55122

Chemistry, 11–12

Click on the questions to hear Katherine Koch-Laveen's interview at the State Teacher of the Year conference. You must have a Real Player to listen to the interview. If you do not have a Real Player, click on the Real Player graphic:

1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Did you (or do you now) have a mentor who was particularly effective and supportive in shaping you as a teacher?


Katherine Koch-Laveen, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Minnesota
Katherine Koch-Laveen has taught science since 1970. She began her career teaching chemistry and general science in Wisconsin, where she had the opportunity to pioneer several women's sports programs. Her initiatives inside and outside of the classroom led her to a teaching job at a new high school. Katie has been at Apple Valley High School teaching chemistry and coaching ever since. In the early 80's, Katie taught on the State Staff of 4-H Youth Development and later at Macalester College and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Katie was also one of two Minnesota representatives for the NASA Teacher in Space Program in 1985. She received a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in 1988, a GTE Fellowship in 1998 and later a STAR Medtronic Foundation Grant to bring lab-based calculator technology to other schools in her district. Katie has volunteered countless hours for community sports programs and for 4-H Programs.  

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