About Me

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Valerie Koch here.  I’m a high school math teacher at an international school in Switzerland, teaching MYP math and IB/DP Math Studies. Having just completed by 20th year as an educator, I’m pleased to find myself in a moment of re-invention. Blogging, twitter, collaboration, inquiry, making: these are just some of the things inspiring me to change.

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I enjoy adventures with my two teenage girls and my amazingly supportive husband. Since beginning our journey in international teaching, we’ve visited 20 countries together. This one here was taken in Thailand after a particularly muddy hike in Railay  Beach. We also enjoy skiing, snowboarding, climbing, diving, and generally being outdoors.


Toes to barI’m an avid CrossFitter and CrossFit coach. You may sometimes find me ruminating about how CrossFit has changed both my life and my teaching practice. I know we all talk about it too much, but seriously,  you should try it sometime. It’s great for the body and great for the soul–and who doesn’t want to be able to do this?