Welcome to Mrs. Kooiker’s 2nd grade classroom. I’ve taught at Iowa Valley my entire teaching career. I’ve loved getting to know my students and this community. I feel my mission in teaching is to help all students reach their educational goals.
I was educated at UNI where I received my BA degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading and a minor in Spanish. I completed a Master Degree at U of I in K-12 Reading. I’ve continued my education with post graduate work.
I have always looked forward to exploring new places. I was a summer Foreign Exchange student living with my host family in Argentina. I also had an International Teaching Fellowship in Australia for a year. As the lead teacher in 2nd grade Social Studies I’ve found my travels to be very helpful.
I enjoy spending time with my stepsons Lance, Evan, Aaron and families. This year is my 42nd year at Iowa Valley. I begin each year with excitement and enthusiasm.