Ms. Cooley is committed to providing a world class education and establishing a culture of college and career readiness for all students in our diverse DoDEA learning community. Ms. Cooley’s educational vision exemplifies an environment where every student is energized and inspired to learn while being rigorously challenged to reach their maximum potential – in school and in life. Ms. Cooley is cognizant of the unique needs of our military-connected students, as she hails from a military family for three generations. Her sister serves on active duty, while her father and grandfather are retired service members. Ms. Cooley has one son whom she was proud to raise in the DoDEA school system.
Since 2010, Ms. Cooley has served as a principal and assistant principal in DoDEA Pacific at the elementary through high school levels. Prior to those assignments, she was the AVID Instructional Systems Specialist for DoDEA Europe, where she supported and monitored schools across 5 districts. Her professional teaching career was spent in Okinawa and Florida, with extra duties ranging from educational leadership to coaching positions. Her teaching career included the honor of being the AVID Site Coordinator for the first school in the state of Florida to achieve AVID National Demonstration Status, which became an exemplar and training ground for schools across the nation.
In addition to teaching in a school setting, Ms. Cooley worked for the Washington Nationals baseball team as the Cultural Assimilation Liaison, developing curriculum and teaching English to foreign baseball players while fostering cultural awareness through courses she designed for management and staff. Ms. Cooley also was contracted as a staff developer for AVID Center, providing professional development to teachers and administrators at AVID Summer Institutes. She has served on national advisory panels for The College Board as well as AVID Center and has presented on the topic of School and District Leadership at the AVID National Conference: College Readiness for All.
Ms. Cooley is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational leadership with a concentration on transformative leadership at University of New England. She earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Touro University and her bachelor’s degree in professional administration from Barry University. Ms. Cooley’s professional affiliations include Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).