About Valerie Koch, Family Engagement Coordinator
Nice to meet you! I am very excited to join the Barrett Elementary School community this year. Most recently, I worked as an ESOL/HILT teacher at Gunston Middle School teaching English/Language Arts to 6th - 8th graders. Prior to that, I worked in Fairfax County Schools teaching ESOL Science and managing the school's intervention program. At both schools, I served the ESOL/HILT student population and their families to promote their academic, social and emotional success.
I am originally from New Jersey but have been living in the Washington, D.C. area since 2008. I received my B.A. in Sociology from The College of New Jersey and my M.Ed. in English as a Second Language from George Washington University.
My mother is originally from Peru and, as a second generation immigrant, I feel very connected to families new to the country. I look forward to helping all families become and stay involved in school programs and supporting student achievement.