Meet City Schools

  • March 2018Maeco Cooper

    Maceo Cooper

    Science and math Instructional Support/New Teacher Mentor

    Frederick Douglass High School

    I graduated from…Morgan State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and from Towson University in 2013, with an Masters of Education degree in Secondary Education.

    I’ve been with City Schools since...the 2009-10 school year, when I started teaching Biology at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy.

    Before I joined City Schools...I was a Lead Pharmacy Technician at Target for a few years. Prior to that I was a research technician with the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, I was at a point where I was pushing my limits to give my art career much needed momentum.

    If I could have a cup of coffee with any of my former teachers or mentors, it would be...my high school IB art teacher Ms. Helen Mortlock de Gil because she recognized my gift as an artist way before I did and pushed me in ways that have catapulted me to levels I once only dreamed of. So I'd love to share a cup of coffee, and a wealth of gratitude, with Ms. Gil.

    My favorite movie is...The Five Heartbeats because the soundtrack is GREAT and I swear I was in an old school group, like the Temptations or the Delfonics, in my past life.

    One thing that many people may not know about me is...that I am fluent in Spanish and went to high school in Caracas, Venezuela.

    When I was growing up, I wanted to be...a doctor or a college professor.

    The best thing about my job is…being in a position to motivate results in both teachers and students. To yield these results, though, requires a level of transparency and vulnerability on my part. I am grateful to learn as much as I have from my students and teachers.

    I believe that one of the best ways to help teachers reach their potential is to…take time to build a relationship that supports and welcomes taking risks with the mindset that growth and realized potential only come once we’ve stepped out of our comfort zones.

    My favorite, fictional example of an ideal learning environment is...the one reflected in the TV Show “A Different World.” Students took risks, and there was a thirst for knowledge! That show was one reason I always wanted to be a college professor. It looked challenging, yet so fun at the time, and I desired to be in a position to shape younger minds in powerful ways.  

    All your emails end with the quote, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.” Why did you choose those words?

    I have had to learn to accept tribulations as a natural part of my journey. Regardless, there’s been a need to maintain my momentum, instead of falling idle while “waiting for the storm to pass.” I maintain my momentum by spending time with loved ones, fulfilling my passions (art), and smiling! These things are examples of my “dance.” I placed the quote in my email signature years ago after having a discussion with a colleague. I wanted it to serve as a reminder to others, and myself, that there is power in a “dance,” in whatever form it may be. Once we’ve found our dance, it’ll help us cope with the inevitable obstacles, detours, and storms of life.