She subsequently earned a master of arts in curriculum and instruction and held numerous teaching licenses. She spoke fluent Spanish and functional Japanese. Amy served as a bilingual teacher in Los Angeles, California, Japan (10 years) and Milwaukee. She most recently was an instructional coach specializing in reading instruction at Riley Elementary School in Milwaukee. She had many connections and experiences worldwide. She had lived in Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Vermont, California, Wisconsin and Japan. Through AFS, internships and personal travel she had been to Chile, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Thailand, England and Canada. Amy leaves to mourn her parents, Ruth Ann and Duane Koch of Jefferson; sister, Dawn Koch of Jefferson; brothers, Tim (Rebecca) Koch of Watertown, Brian (Valerie) Koch of Stoughton and Mike (Jill) Koch of Cottage Grove; nieces, Stephanie (Luke) Ryan, Julie, Kelly and Isabella Koch, Bobbi (Nathan) Stach, Tiffany Stach and Mikayla and Averie Ness; nephews, Zachary and Jameson Koch, Thomas Stach and Hunter Ness; and many other family, friends and co-workers. She was predeceased by her maternal and paternal grandparents and a nephew. Amy didn't want her body taking up space on land that could be used for something beautiful; she wished to be cremated.
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