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Cooper chosen to serve on CERRA Advisory Board
Teacher advocates guide recruitment, retention efforts
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Camden Middle School teacher Lori Cooper is among a group of educators from across the Palmetto State who have been chosen to serve on the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement’s (CERRA) Advisory Board.

The CERRA Advisory Board (CAB) advocates for the teaching profession, especially in the areas of educator recruitment, retention, and advancement. The group also acts as an advisory body for the network of educators affiliated with CERRA. CAB serves as a positive voice for educational reform, professional development for all teachers, and the improvement of teacher quality in order to raise the level of student achievement in South Carolina’s public schools.

Cooper is certified in both elementary education and middle-level science. She received a bachelor’s degree from Coker College and a Master of Education degree from Francis Marion University. She has 15 years experience in education. In 2010, she was named Kershaw County’s District Teacher of the Year. In 2011, she won the Bojangles’ SC Teacher Appreciation contest and was also honored by Education World online. She is a past winner of the SCMSA’s Middle School Magic award and is the chairman of the Kershaw County Teacher Forum. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Upsilon Chapter, and SCIRA. She is a science coach, certified mentor, and SAFE-T evaluator. She also frequently hosts teaching interns, teacher cadets and high school mentors in her classroom.

 “The teacher leaders on CERRA’s Advisory Board represent the hope and promise of the teaching profession in South Carolina,” said Jason Fulmer, program director for mentoring and teacher leadership initiatives. “Action oriented, innovative, and passionate are just a few key words to describe the accomplished educators and the work they do to assist us in accomplishing CERRA’s goals and mission.”

As part of her one-year residency at CERRA, newly named 2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Amy McAllister Skinner, an English teacher at Johnsonville High School in Florence District Five, will lead the group of accomplished educators for the upcoming school year.