Math can be a difficult subject for students, especially when they reach high school. But one Chatham County educator enjoys doing whatever she can to help students understand the problems and the solutions.
For 28 years now, eight of those spent at St. Andrews School in Savannah, Andrea Cooper has been carefully going through the necessary steps to help her students solve numerical problems.
"I try to make it understandable," said Cooper. "I try to speak it clearly in terms that they understand. If it's too technical, they don't understand the words that you're using if you're too technical."
Her students enjoy her presentations. In fact, every year she is requested by numerous students for her relaxed yet informative teaching style.
And her British accent doesn't hurt either. "Sometimes I'm afraid the accent gets a little bit on the strong side if we're not doing what we're supposed to be doing," said Cooper.
She expects a lot out of her students and she makes sure they have the concepts they need to be able to do their very best, in and out of the classroom. "All the students really respect her because she holds high standards for herself and for her students," said director of studies Kelley Waldron. "She challenges them not just to be better students, but better people."
"I see all of my students as someone else's baby, and so I feel if I can give them, while they are in my care, if I can give them the skills that they need to go out into the future, I'm giving them what I hope someone else would give my own child," said Cooper.
So for crunching numbers and adding a little motherly love to her lessons as well, Andrea Cooper is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
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