By Aiden B
From swimming apprentice to coaching her own swim team, here’s a small bit from the life of FHS staff member Ms. Kutch. Best known for her participation in swimming, now she’s here in Freedom to coach the swim team. “Because I swam for fifteen years competitively, and I’ve been a coach for two years, I wanted to keep that going for Freedom swimmers.” says Ms. Kutch. She also says “When I was young, you could find me at my community pool from the time it opened to the time it closed. I always loved the water and swimming. When I was seven, a man by the name of Ed Black asked if I was interested in joining the new swim team he was starting at the pool. Without hesitation, I joined and instantly fell in love with the sport. 17 years later, and I am still just as in love with swimming.”
Even though she’s been swimming for so long, Ms. Kutch still enjoys it. “My coaches were big influences on me.” says Ms. Kutch, who goes on to further state that she wants to be the same influence for her students in the swim team she coaches.
Ms. Kutch isn’t just a swim coach, though, she’s also a teacher. “Both of my parents were college professors. My grandfather was a pastor.” says Ms. Kutch, who had just started teaching last year. She further states that “My teaching background story is very similar to my swimming background story. I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was five years old. Teaching is a family business. Now that I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, I had to figure out what grade I wanted to teach. My fascination with the subject of English began in middle school and only intensified in high school. I loved my English teachers and classes and I credit my career to them.”
Ms. Kutch says that “seeing the students thrive in all aspects of their lives.” She also states that she’s not doing this job for the paycheck, but for the students she teaches.
Despite her short time teaching here, Ms. Kutch’s reputation is already growing. “She’s awesome, I love her.” says Lucy Kontir, who was in Ms. Kutch’s English 10 class last year.
With that, we hope that this year, along with the years to come, are the best years for Ms. Kutch’s teaching and coaching career.