FAQ's about Ms. Cooper

FAQ's about Ms. Cooper

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Here are some answers to questions Ms. Cooper gets all the time... 

Where are you from?  Calico Rock, Arkansas

I started first grade at Calico Rock Public Schools, and graduated from Calico Rock High School in 1984. 

Where did you go to college? Arkansas State University...Home of the Red Wolves  

Bachelor of Science in Education in Social Science Education from Arkansas State University, 1988

Master of Arts in Political Science from Arkansas State University, 1992

Admitted to Ph.D. program in Political Science at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, 1997

Earned Post-Graduate hours from: Arkansas State University, Central Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Truman State University, and the University of Virginia.

Completed Advanced Placement (AP) Program Teacher Training in World History, July 2006; AP Teacher Training in US History, July 2011.

Have you always taught at Festus?  No...

Festus High School social studies instructor since August 2001;

University of Missouri - St. Louis adjunct instructor in political science since August 2015;

Jefferson College adjunct instructor in history from August 2002 to May 2013;

History and Government instructor at Ozarka College, Melbourne, Arkansas from 1993 to 1996;

Arkansas State University adjunct instructor in Government at Gateway Technical College, Batesville, Arkansas from 1993 to 1994.

In between teaching gigs, I worked as a freelance journalist.

Don't you ever get tired of doing this stuff?   Apparently not...

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers in State Constitutions, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, July 2002. 

Panel Presentation, State Constitutions and National Politics: The Missouri Compromise, American Historical Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, January 2004.

Stratford Hall - Monticello Summer Seminar for Teachers, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, July 2005.

Attended National Council for the Social Studies conferences in 2002 (Phoenix, AZ), 2004 (Chicago, IL), 2006 (Kansas City, MO), 2010 (Denver, CO), 2011 (Washington, DC) and 2013 (St. Louis, MO).

Attended Southern Regional Education Board High Schools That Work Conference, Louisville, KY, July 2010; New Orleans, LA, July 2012; and Charlotte, NC, July 2013.

Attended the Quality Teaching: Making Connections that Engage Students in Learning workshop, Hilton Head Island, SC, February 2011.

Attended the SREB/Gates Foundation Common Core State Standards Networking Conference, Charlotte, NC, July 2013.

Contributed to: "Changing How Students Learn and Teachers Teach" published by SREB Publications. Find it at: http://publications.sreb.org/2013/13V09_LDC_MDC_Change.pdf

Do you do anything else in your spare time?  Is there such a thing? 

Currently a Member of: Festus MNEA (served as local president, secretary, and delegate to Representative Assembly), Missouri National Education Association (past chair of Legislative Committee), National Education Association, Missouri Council for the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies.

Served as: Department Chair and Curriculum Leader for FHS Social Studies Department; Literacy Focus Team for FHS High Schools That Work; Vision 20/20 Committee for Festus R-6 School District. 

Past Member: Arkansas Political Science Association, Arkansas College History Teachers Association, National Vocational Association, American Historical Association, and several collegiate and graduate honor societies.

Past Vice President of Crystal City Library Board of Directors, Crystal City, MO.

I'm an avid reader, writer, photographer, and amateur genealogist.  I enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, and watching sports.  You can also find me at libraries, courthouses, museums, or historic sites, out listening to one of my favorite local bands, in my garden, or on the back porch enjoying the peace and quiet.  


Related Links

Arkansas State University
Home of the Red Wolves! The flagship campus for the Arkansas State University system.

Calico Rock Public Schools

Meyner Center at Lafayette College
Webpage for the NEH Summer Institute on State Constitutions

Stratford Hall - Home of the Lees
Spent two weeks of a three-week seminar on American Revolution history at the historic Lee plantation. The group in the picture is my class from 2005, the 25th anniversary of the Stratford Hall-Monticello Teacher Institute.