The Cooper School Daily

Teacher Spotlight- Kara Aledort

    What do you do at The Cooper School and how long have you been here?

I am the 4th Grade Assistant Teacher and this is my second year at TCS. 

2.     What do you value about being at TCS?

I value the strong relationships between the faculty, staff, families, and students. We all come together as a team and support one another. The students at TCS hold a special place in my heart because I get to work with them every day and see them grow. 

3.     What’s something you’ve learned teaching here?

I’ve learned that I have the freedom to reach for my greatest potential within a structured teaching environment. I can incorporate my style of teaching with the support and insight from our fantastic teachers. 

4.     Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how?

I was most influenced by my history professor, Leonard Steinhorn, at American University. He instilled in me a sense of pride in my work. He encouraged me to have confidence in my writing and to embrace life’s challenges. 

5.     What do you look forward to in your role here (lesson, section, topic, etc.) each year?

I look forward to diving into poetry this year with students. I have written and recited poetry since I was a young girl. The poetry that our students create is remarkable and I can’t wait to guide our 4th grade scholars in their poetic journey.  

6.     What is an example of your approach to dynamically balancing creative intelligence, self and social intelligence and academic mastery in your work at TCS?

The balancing act comes into play when I apply my skills in a creative way through my work with students. I try to bring real-world examples to life in the classroom that children can relate to on different levels. This sparks curiosity and thoughtful responses from students. There are unique and specific detailed methods to teaching a subject, such as science, and I particularly enjoy bringing my knowledge and research to the classroom. My hope is that our scholars will want to keep asking questions and grow into their potential.  

7.     If you could live in a book, what book would it be?

I would love to live in the book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. He takes the reader on a whimsical journey through life’s unpredictable hurdles and sends a wonderful message of hope. 

8.     What’s something this community might not know about you?

The community might not know that I am a diehard Washington Capitals hockey fan. I grew up playing varsity soccer and was a natural athlete. Hockey is my passion and I played roller hockey in the past.