Cooper Middle School Thanks Shari Clark for being a Phenomenal Teacher

Cooper Middle School students celebrate with seventh grade teacher Shari Clark after eighth grader Orlandra named her former teacher the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week on November 17.

 “I’m so overwhelmed right now. This is like an early Christmas gift. I will remember this day forever.”

That’s how Shari Clark responded to being named the Cooper Middle School Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week.

Hearing her former student Orlandra explain how her teaching had impacted her young student motivates Clark to keep teaching. The recognition confirmed for the Phenomenal Teacher that she is successfully doing her job.

Cooper Middle School eighth grader Orlandra named her former teacher Shari Clark the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week during a surprise announcement on November 17.

“I teach because I love to see people learn,” Clark explained. “There is nothing more satisfying than giving [students] information and watching them use it and apply it somewhere else.”

Orlandra acknowledged that Clark, who taught her seventh grade language arts, was strict about grades, but that motivated Orlandra to be a better student.

“[Ms. Clark] was the best teacher ever,” the eighth grader added. “I want to thank her so much because I don’t think I would be in [advanced content] language arts without her.”

Whenever Orlandra asked Clark for extra assignments, the Phenomenal Teacher always had additional work to help Orlandra boost her success. However, Clark’s attitude towards her students may have been what won Orlandra over the most.

“I could talk to her about anything. She was like my school mom,” Orlandra revealed.

Clark taught Orlandra to hold her head up high and always smile even when she is having a bad day.

Orlandra isn’t the only Cooper Middle School student who praises Clark as a Phenomenal Teacher. According to Orlandra, there are a lot of students who really love Clark.

The Cooper Phenomenal Teacher has a theory about her positive rapport with students.

“I think it is a mutual respect for each other,” Clark suggested. “All of us like to learn. I certainly have learned from [the students.] I’ve only been teaching three years, and they have helped me grow as a teacher. I learn something new every day, and I hope I’m doing the same for them.”

Clark describes Cooper students as wonderful and the school itself as a second home, a place she feels like she has been working at forever.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to teach at Cooper,” Clark added. “I’m grateful to be amongst amazing teachers, students, and parents who volunteer.”

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