Biography: Ms Koehr is starting her eighth year as an English teacher and her fifth year at Gateway. She attended St. Louis Community College at Forest Park for her general education subjects where whe was on the Dean's List and was awarded Regents Scholarships. Ms K transferred to Harris-Stowe State University to complete her undergraduate work in Secondary Education and persue her teaching certification, graduating first in her class. From Harris, she went to U.M.S.L. for her Master's in Secondary English Education and graduated with highest honors.
On a more personal note, teaching is Ms Koehr's second life. She didn't start college until she was 40 years old and it took her 12 years to finish since she was a single mom working full time. Her first life was in the restaurant industry here in St. Louis, often in a supervisory role. When she knew it was time to make a change, teaching was the only real option and high school her choice of grade level. Working in restaurants meant working with teenagers much of the time, and Ms K brings her love of doing that into the classroom.