I am Wendy Cooper and this is my third year teaching. I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree from University of Maryland University College, my Masters of Arts from Brandman University and my teaching certification through St. Martin’s University. I teach English Language Learners (ELL) K-5th at two schools, Lacey Elementary (am) and Olympic View (pm). I was born in El Salvador, but grew up everywhere. I am fluent in Spanish. I am married and have three sons. Two of my sons graduated from North Thurston High Schools and both are at Central Washington University. I am very fond of the North Thurston School District and this is a reason why I chose to teach here: I feel I can contribute to the enrichment of the district.
Since I can remember, I have always been passionate about teaching. When I was younger, I used to play teacher with my cousins. I helped them to learn how to read. Even though I didn’t pursue a career in teaching right after high school; nonetheless, when I retired from the Army after 21 years of active duty, I decided to go back to school and pursue it. One of the areas I wanted to go into was ELL. As an ELL alumni myself, I felt I could give back to our English Language Learners by sharing my own experience. I can relate to the many challenges some of them face on a day to day basis. I am very fortunate to have a very diverse cultural background as my time in the military exposed me to all sorts of people from all walks of life. I have lived in many parts of the world, from Central America to the Middle East. I feel this cultural experience enables me to meet ELLs needs better.