Leanne Cope is one of the educators recognized by DESE as a Regional Teacher of the Year. You can see profiles of all 15 MSTA members honored as Regional Teachers of the Year in the upcoming Fall issue of School & Community.
School Building: Aurora High School
School District: Aurora R-8
Grade/Subject taught: 10th-12th grade, Biology, Honors Biology, Dual Credit Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology
Years teaching: 16
What is one of your goals for this year?
One of the goals I have every year is to increase lab time. I believe it’s important that students get to experience science hands on. I am always looking for a new lab, project, or activity to help my students experience the curriculum.
What would make this year your Best Year Ever?
I want every year to be a great year! I want to be able make connections with my students and help them learn about biology. Hopefully, we can have some fun along the way.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I love science and I love working with kids. As a teacher, I can do both! I love the exploration and investigation of the sciences combined with the wonder and aha moments of the classroom. For me, it is a perfect fit.
What career would you like to have if you weren’t a teacher?
Our family has a cattle ranch in the beautiful Ozark hills found in southwest Missouri. If I wasn’t teaching, I would be working on the farm with them.
What’s your favorite book and why?
I read just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. There’s no way I can choose just one favorite!
What’s your favorite school lunch?
There is nothing better than the old fashioned chili and cinnamon roll days. I miss those cinnamon rolls.