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My name is Mr. Cooper and I am one of the 5th grade teachers at Bruce Vento Elementary. I have been proudly teaching in Saint Paul for 18 years, and could not see myself working in any other place. I was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Minnesota at a young age. After graduating from Mounds View High School I went to Mankato University for my teaching degree. Going to college is something I believe every child should have the right to do and the students in my room will often hear me talk of the time I spent there. After college I came back to the Twin Cities to begin my journey as a teacher and have been teaching in St. Paul ever since.
I think of learning as a life long thing, and I try to learn as much from my students as they learn from me. I have a fondness for art, which is something I bring into my classroom on a daily basis. My goal each year is that the children who spend time in my room will look back at 5th grade as their favorite year. I also make it a point to try and bring the most out of every child in hopes of seeing them reach their full potential. After so may years in St. Paul, it has been very rewarding to see many of my students follow the same path as me by finishing high school and moving on to college.
I live in Richfield where I enjoy spending family time with my wife, son and daughter. In my free time I enjoy running, music, art, and helping with my kids' various sports and activities.
I look forward to teaching your children while they are at Bruce Vento. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.