Mr. Kochem is excited to be starting his fifth year of teaching in the
district. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music
education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In addition to
directing bands at Monhagen, Mr. Kochem has also worked to develop a
world drumming course and taught one section of general music each year.
He is also the director of the MMS Jazz Band and has taught mathematics
fundamentals afterschool for two years through the Supplemental
Educational Services program. Outside of school, Mr. Kochem enjoys
spending time with his wife, Cassie, and son, Joey, performing on the
tuba and piano whenever the chance arises, and spending time outdoors to
play sports, fish, or just relax.