Christina Hocker teaches in the Independence School District.
NotableHocker has been a teacher at Truman High School for the last eight years. She teaches for the Teen Parenting Program that serves teen parents from throughout the district.
Hocker also teachers an elective parenting class for senior students.
Hocker taught for one year in Belton and was a substitute in the Pleasant Hill School District.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensbrug.
Hocker does not believe good teaching is about the subject being taught. She believes it is about the relationships created within the classroom.
“I went in to teaching because I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity. I was never one of those people who said, ‘I’ve wanted to be a teacher my entire life.’ I was young and trying to find a fit for myself without really knowing what it truly was.”
“I think most teachers will tell you that they had no idea what teaching was until they started doing it. Once I got into the classroom, it was either sink or swim, and I chose to tough it out and keep going. Throughout all of it, I absolutely fell in love with teaching and working with teenagers. I like to say I got lucky and fell in to something by chance because I really had no idea how much I was going to love it. I have the greatest job in the world.”
“My students make me laugh every single day. Even on my bad days, I can always count on my students to make me smile. You know what they say about snowflakes, ‘no two snowflakes are alike.’ That’s what teaching is like. No two days are the same, and no two students are alike. It challenges me every day, and I learn so much from them.”
“It doesn’t matter if you teach history, English, math, etc. If you don’t form a comfortable classroom environment where students feel safe and accepted, they will not learn from you.”Hocker thinks a teacher should respect their students first and the rest will come on its own. She said she hopes students gain an appreciation for learning and tools they can use in every day life that will help them to be successful later on.
Hocker loves spending time with her husband and two children in her free-time.
Did You Know?
Hocker also loves to bake, decorate, read, shop and entertain friends.