Phone: 951-294-6600 ext 3308
Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Arts Degree in Education Bachelor's Degree in Human Development Single Subject Teaching Credential in General Science Supplemental Teaching Credentials in English Language Arts and Computer Essentials Publications: Vital Signs of the Planet: Southern California Educators Contribute to Crustal Deformation Studies Within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties –Southern California Earthquake Center, 2015 Vital Signs of the Planet: A Professional Development Program for High School and Middle School Science Educators Provides Authentic Experiences in Scientific Inquiry and Encouraging Instructional Improvement in Schools Through Lesson Study -– Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Southern California Earthquake Center, 2015
Mrs. Kim Kocaya
Hello, my name is Kim Kocaya. I have been teaching science in Temecula for 12 years and I am honored to say that this will be my first year educating Bobcats at Temecula Middle School.
I am passionate about teaching middle school and hope to instill a lifelong love for science in my students. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University, with a teaching credential in General Science. Besides teaching science, I also coach the school's Science Olympiad team, and in the past I have received the Outstanding Coach's Award at the regional competition for taking teams to the state level.
As a lifelong learner who is always in pursuit of enhancing my teaching abilities, I have been blessed with some notable achievements. I am a DuPont Challenge winning teacher, where teachers are awarded for inspiring students in STEM research and communication. Recently, I was proud to show my students by example how to step outside of their comfort zone and take risks; as I led a team of students to become the first ever "Shop Class Champs" on the Disney+ competition show, Shop Class. As of late, I wrote an article for NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) titled, Practice What You Teach, and was chosen for their "Member Spotlight."
More personally, I am a wife and mother to four amazing kids. My eldest three children, Megan, Brock, and Jacob all graduated from Great Oak High School and are now adults and pursuing their dreams. My youngest son, Dean, attends school in Temecula and will be entering sixth grade.
In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, watching my boys play baseball, boating, and fishing. Recently, I have taken on a new tech hobby: designing and creating with my 3D-Printer. Current print jobs include fishing lures and rocketships.
As a teacher, I promise to continue learning and striving to be the best teacher I can be!