Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!
So many exciting things happening at Cooke School! We are looking forward to another year of learning and growing both students and staff. Hard to believe that this will be my fifth year here at Cooke. I feel privileged to work alongside Jennifer Bugar, who sets the tone for collaboration and teaming while ensuring that all voices are heard, and every decision is based on what is best for students. We work with an inspiring staff of teachers, ancillary, and para educators who see the potential in each student and work together to help them achieve those targets. Last year, we adopted our School Motto of "I Can Communicate, I Can Learn, I Can work". We are proud to hang these banners throughout the school, and facilitate student ownership of their journey toward maximum independence and meaningful work.
My favorite part of my day is moving around the building visiting classrooms, interacting with, and supporting students and staff. I enjoy seeing the creative academic, social, and pre-vocational/vocational lessons that are happening as well as the work product displayed in each of our hallways.
I also enjoy meeting parents at various times throughout the year. It is exciting to join them and their student's team as they work together to celebrate student growth and align IEPs and transition plans to their vision; to highlight student participation and voice at Open House and Parent-Teacher Conferences at Cooke, Hillside, or NHS; and working together to plan exciting and fun events at PTA meetings.
My office is the first door in the main office, which is usually open. If my light is on, it is a sign that I am in my office. So if you are in the office dropping off, picking up, and/or need to chat, I welcome the opportunity to meet with you. If my light is off and you need to speak with me, please ask Jeanne or Karen to page me.
It has been my pleasure to get to know all of the wonderful staff, students, and parents that make up the Cooke Community, and I look forward to another fabulous year with TEAM COOKE!