We met Sewickley Academy's new strings teacher Gino Faraci last week, and now we are excited to introduce the Senior School's new math teacher Bevan Koch!
Bevan joins us from Texas, where she worked in the Klein Independent School District in Spring Texas for the past 13 years as a mathematics teacher and in a variety of roles as an instructional specialist. Bevan earned her B.S. in mathematics from McNeese State University, Louisiana, and her M.Ed. in special education and Ed.D. in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She has taught all levels of math from Grades 6 through 12 and was named the “Campus Teacher of the Year” in 2011.
Why did you choose to teach at Sewickley Academy?
My husband was relocated to Pittsburgh from Houston, Texas. We purchased a home nearby, and I was delighted to learn that SA had an opening for a Senior School math teacher. The school’s educational philosophy is consistent with my beliefs, thus the Academy was a good fit for me professionally.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I loved school as a kid and my extended family is filled with teachers … two grandparents, numerous aunts, and cousins. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing my relatives’ school stories at family get-togethers, so the choice to become an educator was an easy one.
What is the most important life lesson you want my child to learn from math?
The most important life lesson that students can learn from math is that not all problems are easy to solve. Sometimes there are multiple approaches to solving problems. The willingness to persevere in challenging situations is vital.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy exposing students to new concepts and ideas, instilling a love of learning, and watching students become more confident in their problem solving abilities.
What interests you outside the classroom?
My husband and I are enjoying exploring the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. We have ventured out to some of the gorgeous state parks, taken in some fabulous Pittsburgh sporting events, and met some very interesting characters!
What are your favorite moments with a student?
I most enjoy watching students celebrate when they solve a problem with which they have struggled. Some students let out an audible, “Oooooh.” I love that!
What traits do you look for in your “ideal” student?
My ideal student is naturally curious, asks questions, tries new things, and sticks with problems even when challenged. I believe that all students can attain these ideals if they are provided a learning environment that encourages risk-taking by offering adequate support and celebrating successes.