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Tara Kochevar

PE Teacher/Coach

Coach Kochevar’s professional passion is teaching character and sportsmanship above skill development. A brand new mom, she is admired by other coaches for her creativity in teaching.

Impacting Students
I enjoy pairing fifth graders up to teach belaying in the climbing room. Belaying uses a rope system to protect a climber in the event of a fall, and this skill teaches them responsibility because they have direct control over their partner’s safety on the wall.

Lifelong Learner
I attended the SHAPE Colorado conference and it was nice to find new lessons that teach the same skills, bringing fresh enthusiasm to my practice.

Favorite Teaching Moment
When I told my kindergarten class earlier this year that I was having a baby in January, they had only two questions: "Where is it?" and "What are we doing today?" They were very ready to move on and get going.

Sports Fan
My favorite sport to play is volleyball because it is as much about positioning and placement as it is about power. I like to watch women's soccer because it's less about "flopping," and you can see the plays develop over the span of the field.

Life Goal
Visit all seven continents.

Best Childhood Memory
Creating forts out of found materials from the alley behind my house.

Joined Graland in...
2011

Also Known As ...
Coach, Trip Chaperone

Hometown
Denver, CO

Education
K-12 PE Licensure, Metropolitan State M.Ed., University of Colorado-Denver
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Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.