Larry Koch began teaching online accounting classes for Navarro College this fall. But the difference between Koch and other Navarro faculty is that he teaches from Prague in the Czech Republic.

“I currently teach ACNT 1329 - payroll and business tax accounting, ACNT 1411 - computerized accounting and ACNT 1331 - federal income tax, which is involved with the VITA (volunteer income tax assistance) program with the IRS,” said Koch, who has a Texas, toll-free telephone number that allows him to communicate easily and efficiently with college staff and students.

“I am also an active member of the Navarro College Accounting Advisory Committee - video conferencing allows me to attend committee meetings,” he said.

In February 2006, Koch’s wife accepted a teaching position with the International School of Prague. As a result, he became focused on distance learning and global education. During his research of current developments in the area of international business education, Koch said he became excited about becoming involved with global distance learning. He relocated to Prague in June 2007, which presented him the opportunity to work with students living in both the United States and the Czech Republic.

Koch has had the opportunity to teach students who are preparing for the LCCIEB exam that is administered by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board. In additional to his online teaching with Navarro College, he is also a lecturer with Prague College.

Koch combines experience as an educator with broad-based work in public accounting and controllership. He graduated with BBA and MBA degrees in accounting and is a certified public accountant. His MBA education included additional work with a fellowship grant from the U.S. Department of Education, including a specialization in community college teaching and administration. Koch received an award for his accounting thesis from the Houston chapter of the National Association of Accountants.

Koch became an adjunct instructor at Navarro College in 1995. While at Navarro, he has been active as a student adviser, long-range advisory committee member and a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association. He evaluates degree and certificate programs, assists in textbook selection, facilitates online instruction and champions interactive learning programs.

As an audit partner in a public accounting firm, Koch has worked in both financial and tax matters, including audits, reviews and compilations of financial statements, as well as individual, partnership, corporate, estate and not-for-profit tax preparation and planning.

In addition to Navarro College, Koch has been a faculty member at Dallas Baptist University, North Harris County College and College of the Mainland. He also is working with Prague College teaching international business classes during the 2007 and 2008 semesters.

Koch is on the board of directors for the Waxahachie Community Theater Inc. and is a past board member of Mission: Oak Cliff Inc. He is a past member and president of Waxahachie Symphony Association Inc. and chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the city of Midlothian.

Koch is married and has two children. He is active in international travel and various musical activities. He is the staff accompanist at the International School of Prague.

“The experience of living in Prague is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our family,” Koch said. “My wife has the opportunity to teach music in a city rich in musical history and performances and my children are able to make frequent visits to the Czech Republic and other European countries.

“No, the move to Europe was not easy,” he said. “Yes, the opportunities are exciting. Yes, there is a big transition and change in life style. Certainly, there are problems along the way. Definitely, it is worth it.”

For more information on degrees and certificates in accounting offered at Navarro College, contact the Department of Business, Professional and Technical Education at 903-875-7571 or 7572. E-mail requests for information can be sent to Christy.Vincent@navarrocollege.edu.