Mrs. Sue Kochanek

Professional Biography

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Education from Westfield State College with a minor in music. I continue to take courses and workshops to keep my teaching skills current. I am licensed in Massachusetts to teach elementary (grades one through six) as well as special education (preschool through grade twelve).  Over the last twenty-nine years, I have taught in a variety of settings:  middle school substantially separate special education vocational program, preschool Title One, preschool integrated classroom, elementary resource/inclusion setting, educational team leader, private tutoring, Sunday school, playgroup, preschool co-op, and long-term substitute high school English teacher here at CCS.

Personal Biography

I was raised in Needham, Massachusetts, but have spent the majority of my life in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Lou and I have been married twenty-eight years and have two adult children.  Peter is in college and Emily is a recent graduate. The Lord has blessed us with a close family and many close friends. Taking care of our parents is a large part of our life. Over the years, I have been involved in both children’s and women’s ministries. Singing in the worship choir is a joy. Over the years, the Lord has also called me overseas for short-term missions. My most recent trip was to Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya.  Given time to myself, you can find me with a book or puttering in my flower garden.

Educational Philosophy

Every child is created uniquely by God.  I marvel at how each child has different gifts and strengths.  I also have a heart for the hurting and challenged child. I believe in teaching each child in his own learning style whenever possible as well as providing ideas or tools to support that child in learning. I also believe that each child should become familiar with his own learning style so that he will be able to independently use those methods.  In this way, a child will be able to access the curriculum more easily and will build confidence and have success while gradually growing into the unique and mature Christian that God desires.

Favorite Verse

Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”