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Aaron Rupchand-Kokotek


MS Teacher, Science and Mathematics
Middle School
MS Classroom Teacher - Science
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M.S.T., Adolescence biology, Fordham University
B.A., Biology, Oberlin College

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Aaron (Mr. RK) joined the AVS community after working as a science educator for several years. Before moving to the Bay with his husband, he worked with zoos and after-school programs, creating interactive experiences for students and guests. He moved shortly before the pandemic and is continuing to discover more to enjoy about California. Since adding a golden retriever to his family, he is especially keen to find outdoor areas to explore. Outside of the classroom, Aaron is a contra dancer and reptile enthusiast.

Math and science were both hard for Mr RK as a student, and he tries to bring an understanding of concepts to all students through multiple avenues. Before working with any equations, his math students will practice using numbers as a language to express relationships. His science students will focus on finding and examining evidence to explain their observations. Both groups of learners will practice sharing their ideas with others verbally, in writing, and creatively to build and demonstrate mastery.

Middle school marks the beginning of a seven year arc of increasingly difficult challenges that no student should face alone. Since March of 2020, community building has become increasingly important as shared spaces are not always physical. Mr RK hopes to instill a sense of group cohesion and care in his learners as they journey together at Alta Vista through a mix of fun, shared experiences and memorable conversations.