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Featured Staff: Lauren Cooley, Glencoe High

Featured Staff: Lauren Cooley, Glencoe High

Author: areyj/Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our featured staff member this month is Lauren Cooley who is a graduation coach at Glencoe High School. Says her colleague Kristy Kottkey:

"Lauren Cooley has embraced her job as grad coach in ways that go above and beyond the job description. She works at this part-time position with the full-time heart of a true warrior for kids. Seeing each of her students as a valuable and important individual, she meets them where they are and coaches them to the next level. Whether it's a home visit during Christmas break, spending time with students over breakfast to gain a deeper appreciation of their needs, challenging students to advocate for themselves in the classroom, inspiring them by sharing her own passions for what is important in life... she comes to work every single day and continues to fight for kids, even when they are giving up on themselves! Co-teaching a morning math support class, working with parents and families, and also managing her own home business, she sets high expectations for herself and her kids. She has made a difference in so many lives, and continues to change lives for the better. Her voice and advocacy for kids in staff meetings has added volumes to the conversations of how we best continue our students in HSD. Such a great sense of humor and strength of spirit inspires her colleagues to never give up! She is not a grad coach, but a teacher, a mom, a friend, a trail-blazer, and a voice for kids when they lose their way. I'd congratulate her in person, but she is usually out finding kids and literally leading them back to class, or to a life they imagine. I am thankful for her every day!"

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