Dr. Dale H. Cooper
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My Name is Dale Hawn Cooper and I usually go by "Dr. Coop"....but sometimes, "Dr. Dude" This will be my 23rd year teaching.
I was born in Iowa in '74, the second child of three, to parents who worked in the medical field. When I was 11 my parents transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where my troubles with traditional education began to surface. Think of the most annoying, troublesome child that you can think of, and then multiply it by two or three... and that was me. I was programmed to believe, by many teachers and doctors, that my disengagement in the classroom was due to learning disabilities (dyslexia, ADHD) or my inability to process the information, when in fact, I now know, was also due to the educational institutions inability to deliver the curriculum in more than one format. I won't spend a ton o' time on irrelevant curriculum or teacher complacency, toxicity, or cynicism...but let's just say my motivation for earning a doctoral degree and staying a life long learner is internal and personal, but also external, with hopes of contributing information to non-traditional curriculum and delivery in relation to student achievement.
Now jump ahead a decade or two and I have proven the majority of the doctors and traditionalists wrong by earning a B.S. in education from Northern Arizona University, a M.Ed in curriculum development/instruction from Arizona State, and my Doctoral degree in summer of 2014...whoa...that's a lot of school, for a kid that didn't like school. Here's my dissertation, grab a bag a Cheetos!
Although this is my first year at Skyline, it's actually my 6th year in the Mesa district. I spent 17 years working in both the Sped. dept. and Fine Arts departments at Tempe high School, in Tempe Arizona. (Go Buffs!) At Tempe, I taught everything from basic, introductory art, to collegiate level International Baccalaureate art, and everything in between. I was also the IB visual arts leader for our campus, head of the Visual Arts PLC, and head of the academic support committee. I've spent the last 5 years teaching art at Smith Jr. High. (go Sidewinders!) At Smith I taught Intro to art, and intro to ceramics. I was also one of 3 behavioral interventionists for our Tier 2 program on campus. Since I know many, many of the kids and families already from working at Smith, I am super, super excited to now be teaching at Skyline! (Go Yotes!)
Besides being a full time father, husband, teacher, and coach, I have also done curriculum consultant work for the EDUindex; a company that produced gap analysis data pertaining to curriculum relevancy for schools, and districts. I have also owned a couple businesses, and recorded an album for RCA, with Skyline's former assistant Principal, Mr. Unrein. The most rewarding work I've done though is teach, and not teach kids what to learn, but rather, how to learn.... how to innovate, and how to problem solve!!!
I have been married for going on 22 years to beautiful Molly, (Mrs. Dr. Cooper) who blessed me with two sons,
Tommy, 17, and Jojo, 15, who both currently attend Red Mountain High School. My hobbies include, but are not limited to: Playing music, listening to music, fixing/restoring things other people break, anything combustion, anything electric, video games, pinball, lowbrow art, vintage chevy/gmc stuff, comics, vintage toys, physics, and occasionally making and hiding art.... I could go on and on.
I love to learn, process, and share new information, and I look forward to, and embrace the day, when we have the ability to upload and download directly to our brains via Bluetooth neural implants. Long live critical education theory! May every person realize their own true potential through the enlightenment that is knowledge/education.
Dr. DH Cooper
"Fairy Wars" Multimedia 4x6' "Viviendo Juntos" Rattle Can 11x11' "Pentasoul" Block print 18x24"
"Horns & Halo" Prismas 12x18" "The Escape" Digital 24x36" "El Agua Alta" Digital 24x36"
"A Sign" Block print 5x7" "Wonder" Block print 5x7" "Birdcage Head Man" Block print 5x7"