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Regional Teacher of the Year: Leanne Cope

Regional Teacher of the Year: Leanne Cope

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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.

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