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, California for 8 years and this will be my fourth year educating Silverhawks at BVMS.
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 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 acheivements. I am a DuPont Challenge winning teacher, where teachers are awarded for inspiring students in STEM research and communication. This past year, 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. Most recently, 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 two Megan and Brock are now adults and persuing their dreams. The younger two boys (Jacob and Dean) attend school in Temecula as a senior and a third grader. 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 fishing lures with my 3D-Printer.
As a teacher, I promise to continue learning and striving to be the best teacher I can be!