John Randolph Cooper

Title: Retired Educator
Location: Council, Virginia, United States

John Randolph Cooper, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English and special education.

Inspired to pursue education by his high school English teacher, Mr. Cooper is proud to have accrued more than 40 years of professional excellence. He started as an educator at Council High School in 1973, and added the position of adjunct faculty at Southwest Virginia Community College in 1982. Mr. Cooper maintained both roles until his retirement in 2017. From 2005 to 2011, he also served as a teacher at Council High School, and in 1985 and 1986, he served as the president of the Council Elementary and Middle School PTA. He attributes his success and longevity to his students.

Mr. Cooper holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction in education from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Science in English and psychology from East Tennessee State University, and an Associate of Science in general studies from Southwest Virginia Community College. He is also certified in grades 4-7 regular classroom instruction, special education, K-12 mental retardation, specific learning disabilities, and grades 7-12 English. Cooper is a member of such organizations as the National Education Association and the Virginia Education Association.

In recognition of his efforts, Mr. Cooper was granted the Outstanding American Teacher Award from the National Honor Roll in 2006 and inclusion in five editions of Who’s Who in America between 2008 and 2016. Further, he was a nominee for the Virginia Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Mr. Cooper enjoys spending his free time traveling, reading, and cooking.

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