Meet Our Faculty
Ms. Lisa Cooper
M.Ed., Mary Washington University
As far back as my memories go, I recall my mom holding me on her lap while she read aloud poems, fables, and novels such as "Black Beauty." She began for me a love affair with books that has never waned. Since kindergarten wasn't required at the time, first grade was my initial experience with school. I promptly fell in love with my teacher and all that school encompassed. I cried on the last day of first grade, when I had to leave my beloved Mrs. Rosen.
Fast forward to my senior English class where Mrs. Mason led us in lively discussions of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "Hamlet." I remember consciously thinking, "I want to spend my days doing this - teaching literature, teaching math, teaching others to love learning - like my teachers have done for me throughout the years." Many years later, I feel fortunate to have opportunities each day to challenge students to stretch their thinking, to tackle new concepts, to take chances, and to grow.
The best part of my day often involves reading with students and hoping that I am perhaps encouraging a child to become a lifelong lover of books. As each academic year comes to an end, it is satisfying to reflect back on the growth that my students have demonstrated over the course of the year. When I'm not teaching, you will most often find me spending time with my husband, son, and daughter, curled up with a book, cross-stitching, or running.