Garrett Cooperman

Garrett Cooperman
Assistant Principal

Educational Biography

State University of New York College at Oswego – Oswego, NY
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education & English
State University of New York University at Buffalo – Buffalo, NY

Master of Arts, English
Thesis – Thinking with Portals: How Play Transforms Pedagogy in the Digital Age
University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Post Graduate Certificate, School Administration

Educational Experience

After earning my certification in English 7-12 in New York, I was invited back to Mexico High School (Mexico, NY), where I had done my student teaching, to take a position teaching English. Soon after, I was accepted to the University at Buffalo. While in Buffalo, I earned my instructor’s certification in the Riederer’s Kenpo Self-Defense system of martial arts. I continue to teach this street-effective system, providing anti-bullying workshops and partnering with public service groups like Heal Charlotte.

During my 5 years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, I found new leadership opportunities in education: I served as the L.E.A.D. Learning Community Advisory Council chairman, embedded a schoolwide student-organizations program to support school culture, and earned my licensure in school administration.

I was thrilled to accept my position at ALBHS and I am proud to be a Wonder. I love working with our team to support our teachers and to help students grow into the best possible versions of themselves –innovative, creative, kind leaders of tomorrow.

Educational Philosophy
All students can learn, but to make that happen, all educators must believe in them. I believe in working to engage every single student and in capitalizing on every teachable moment. We must demonstrate through our words and actions our confidence and personal investment in their success and well-being. We are not just our students’ teachers; we are their mentors, their motivators, their role models. We help students make meaning of the world and act upon it, and therefore we have a grave responsibility to guide them not just to success, but to stewardship of their future.  Educating is more than a job or even a calling; it is a lens through which we see the world and a way of living to foster our growth as a community.

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