Kim Cooper

Hometown: 
Wolfeboro, NH
 
Education:  
Brewster Academy ‘07
B.A., St. Lawrence University ‘11
M.A., Middlebury College ‘18
 
My primary roles at White Mountain:  
English Teacher
Soccer & Lacrosse Coach
Dorm Parent, Solar
Gender & Sexuality Alliance Advisor
 
Why White Mountain?
In these early days of getting to know White Mountain, I am so inspired by the school’s desire to reimagine education and be a school leading the charge into 21st century practices. White Mountain is a school with classrooms of all varieties, and as an educator, that makes me feel like I have endless possibilities to challenge myself and develop my practice in the best interest of my students. In many ways, though, White Mountain feels like a place where the line between teacher and student is erased and we move through the dark together, as students on a quest for more knowledge.
 
What influenced your passion for teaching?
I grew up in a family of teachers, specifically boarding school teachers, so my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles were the first to influence my passion for teaching. They were the most humble, creative, and talented mentors. Now that Ive been teaching for some time, I am gaining additional influence from the writers whose work we read in class. Jesmyn Ward is one that comes to my mind right away. I’ve seen her work make reluctant students light up, seen it make students curious, ask how they can write like her, and begin to see themselves as writers. The literature we bring into the classroom is important for the windows we get into lives of others, but I sometimes admire it even more for the way it teaches us to value our own words and sentences, and to be thinkers and story tellers ourselves.
 
When not in the classroom I can be found:
Playing in the mountains, running and biking, writing my own stories, eating cookies, watching Saturday Night Live, telling endless stories about how cute my niece and nephews are.
 
Favorite season?
Definitely Summer. I grew up on a small lake it it is my ultimate happy place. But the Fall is incredible too, especially when the temperatures drop and it becomes sweatshirt weather. Or the Winter with hundreds of feet of snow and skiing of all kinds. Id also place a vote for Spring because nothing is better than when the hundreds of feet of snow melts and ice cream stands open again. I answered the question, right?
 
What I want to be when I grow up:
Two options: Writer on Saturday Night Live (and anchor for Weekend Update) or Broadway actress.
 
Not many people know that:
My great grandmother on my maternal side was a chemistry professor for over 60 years and was one of the first women to be accepted into the American Men of Chemistry. Her name was Dortha Bessy Baily Doolittle and she is one of my sheroes.
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THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire,
The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day
school for students grades 9-12/PG.