High School Teacher Mairi Cooper Named PA Teacher of the Year!
Fox Chapel Area High School teacher Mairi Cooper has been named Pennsylvania's 2015 Teacher of the Year! The announcement was made during an awards ceremony today, December 8, 2014. Prior to being named Teacher of the Year, Cooper was one of 15 finalists announced by Governor Tom Corbett in April 2014.
According to Fox Chapel Area High School Senior/Lead Principal Michael Hower, Cooper is very deserving of this recognition. "Mairi's dedication and commitment to our students has a lasting impact on each of their lives. She is an integral part of an extremely talented faculty, who support her efforts and are excited for her as well."
According to Gene Freeman, Ed.D., Fox Chapel Area School District superintendent, "Mairi is a teacher that defies gravity. When you think she has lifted her students to the highest degree, she inspires them to go even higher."
As part of the ceremony, Cooper was introduced by Fox Chapel Area High School senior and orchestra member Eli Ziff. He described her as not just his teacher, but his role model. According to Eli, "I believe Ms. Cooper is nominated for the wrong award. Ms. Cooper is not my Teacher of the Year, she is my teacher of a lifetime."
Upon receiving her award, Cooper was quick to praise the other finalists and her colleagues who inspire her. She said, "This is truly a noble profession and I am honored and overwhelmed that you have asked me to represent you."
Teachers were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, or community members. Cooper is currently the orchestra director at Fox Chapel Area High School and she has been teaching in the district since 2001. She will now go on to become Pennsylvania's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year.