Welcome 7th and 8th Graders!

My name is Denise Cooper.  I have been a teacher for 21+ years.  I have a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in math.  I hold a Level III K-12 License with a TESOL endorsement and have taught at various levels ranging from first grade to twelfth grade.   I am knowledgeable of the curriculum in all grade levels, so I align my teaching accordingly to support academic success.  Much of my experience has been in an inclusion setting working with students with varied learning styles, modalities, and needs, and I particularly specialize in working with students that need extra support in math.  I teach concepts by breaking down steps into smaller sets, use manipulatives to make concepts concrete, and teach concepts in a way that is relatable and meaningful while using language that makes sense to the student.  I believe that all students can learn and excel in math! So, I challenge students to use higher level thinking skills to solve real-world problems at all skill levels.

I have a calm, kind, patient, friendly, and nurturing demeanor which allows my students to feel comfortable in tackling math without fear of failure. I have high expectations of student learning and feel student responsibility and ownership of learning is an important component in academic success, so I work on building student engagement and interest by building confidence.

I have a love and a passion for math and want to build that same love for math with my students! I look forward to working with you and your student!

~Denise Cooper
dcooper@splc-nm.com