From Norwich Free Academy: Mathematics teacher, Clarence C. Cooper has been named director of Norwich Free Academy’s night programs. Head of School David J. Klein announced the permanent appointment of the 18-year veteran mathematics teacher to the position in which he last year served as interim director.
NFA’s Night School Program includes night school for students wishing to continue their education in a non-traditional path. Personal and life circumstances, sometimes, make it difficult for students to attend daily classes, but evening classes offer them an alternative. The night school program also includes APS (the Alternative Pathway to Success) with courses and curriculum to assist students who will move into adult education or another life option without having received an NFA diploma. These classes offer students opportunities to solidify their preparation to help them succeed.
Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from East Carolina University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a sixth year certification in administration from Sacred Heart University. Before coming to NFA in 2001, Cooper taught mathematics in New London, New Haven and Farmville, N. C.
“Clarence Cooper’s successful administration of NFA’s Summer School Credit Recovery Program and his extensive work both in the classroom and with non-traditional students makes him the perfect choice for this position,” says Klein. “I have a great deal of confidence in Mr. Cooper and is ability to continue to lead these important programs.”
A former administrative intern at NFA, Cooper also served as a varsity baseball coach in the past. He has been an active member of the faculty involved in curriculum and data team work in the mathematics department and on the school data team. He has mentored new teachers, possesses expertise in behavior management, and has worked extensively on cultural diversity issues.
“I pride myself on being an advocate for our students,” says Cooper. “This position will help me be an even stronger advocate for our students.”
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