Teacher Profile: Mr. Cooperman

Courtesy of Dani Glenn '18, Staff Writer

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Dani Glenn '18 and Marjorie Talavera '18, Staff Writers

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Who’s the punniest teacher on the Marymount campus? Someone who has previously worked alongside Ms. Whittell, is longtime friends with Dr. Doan and whose former student was Ms. Gonzalez? It’s Mr. Cooperman!

Courtesy of Dani Glenn ’18, Staff Writer

 

Clearly a perfect match for the Marymount Community, Mr. Cooperman is the newest addition to our science department! You may have seen him seen him walking around campusperhaps his signature physics-themed tie caught your attention? Behind the snazzy ties, captivating conversation starters and amiable presence lies a Yale graduate with a true passion for physics. Despite being just one month into the year, he’s definitely accumulated an impressive reputation amongst the Marymount Community. Though not an astronaut (yet), his astrophotography, array of accomplishments, and Mr. Cooperman himself are definitely out of this world.

 

How have you been enjoying Marymount so far? Any fun experiences you’d be willing to share?
I like [Marymount] a lot. The students seem really genuine and very eager to learn. Seriously, I also learn while I teach. Students may ask different questions on the same topics I’ve taught for years and years, and I’ll think, “Ah, I’ve never thought of it that way before.”

A lot of it has been fun. The AP Physics and the Honors Physics. If teaching weren’t fun, I wouldn’t do it anymore.

Where did you grow up?

Mostly, California. I was born in [San Antonio,] Texas, but I don’t remember any of it. I moved around a bit. My dad went off to Korea; he was in the Air Force, so we went to Philadelphia [and then Tucson, Arizona]. Since age 14, I’ve been in California, except when I went back East to [attend Yale University as a physics major].

When you were a kid, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Really early, I wanted to be a doctor. But, since the age of 4, I’ve always been interested in what was in the sky. For some reason, I asked my dad where the moon was in the middle of the day. Instead of saying, “Go away, kid, there’s no moon in the daytime,” we found it in the daytime sky in Arizona. So, then I was interested.

Do you have any hobbies or interests that you’d be willing to share?

I lecture at Griffith [Observatory, in the Planetarium]. Since 1976.

And astrophotography, I do a lot of that.

Courtesy of Steve Cooperman

 

This was a shot of the moon I took on June 2nd. I took this myself.

Courtesy of Steve Cooperman

 

That’s the sun right after the eclipse, on September 4th.

Courtesy of Steve Cooperman

All of my astronomy albums are open [to the public] because the sky really belongs to everyone.”

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2 Responses to “Teacher Profile: Mr. Cooperman”

  1. Amie Kosberg on October 17th, 2017 5:37 am

    Great article!

  2. Julie Whittell on October 18th, 2017 9:17 pm

    It is wonderful to be able to work with Mr. C again ! He is a multi-talented teacher with a true passion for his craft. I am eager to work together on STEM projects and find ways to help the students nurture their math/science talent. He truly is our very own guide to the stars and planets. I hope students gravitate – pun intended- to his Astronomy club.

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