Fox Chapel music teacher Mairi Cooper is the 2015 PA Teacher of the Year
Mairi Cooper’s already outstanding career teaching music now includes the distinction of being Pennsylvania’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
Cooper is in her 14th year in the Fox Chapel Area School District, Allegheny County. She teaches advanced placement music theory, orchestra, piano, and world music.
Talking with statewide media about earning this year's title, Cooper emphasized the importance of music education. "I can impact [my students] not simply as musicians but also as thinkers and human beings, and that changes the nature of how I am able to interact with them," she said.
Cooper serves as director of the high school music department and director of the high school orchestra. She has coordinated professional development opportunities and curriculum for members of the music teaching staff, and has mentored other educators.
She is a member of the Fox Chapel Education Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association. She has served as an adjunct professor at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities.
"PSEA congratulates Mairi on this honor,’’ said PSEA President Mike Crossey. “She is a shining example of the many high-quality teachers throughout Pennsylvania’s public schools. She is the rule; not the exception."
Cooper will be Pennsylvania's nominee for 2015 National Teacher of the Year.
The state’s teacher of the year award is cosponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Teacher of the Year. The National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.
Learn more about the Teacher of the Year program here: www.pdesas.org/instruction/teacheroftheyear.