Sarah Cooper teaches ENG3U, CHC2D, CHC2P, CH3WM, CHI4U, and CHY4U at Virtual High School. Along with many of our students, Sarah Cooper benefits from the flexibility that comes with online education. Since starting at VHS in 2008, she has worked with VHS students while living in various American and European cities as well as in her hometown of Toronto. She enjoys teaching in both the English and Canadian and World Studies departments at VHS.
Ms. Cooper graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University in 2001, and after a year teaching in England, completed her Masters in History at the University of Toronto, specializing in European history. Ms. Cooper started teaching History at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) to grades 7 through 12. Such opportunities allowed her to design and teach courses that covered a significant breadth of curriculum in a creative and academically challenging manner. A highlight of her time at the NBS was organizing a student trip to Vimy Ridge to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle. The trip included tours of historically important sites in both England and France.
While class trips are more challenging to organize in an online school, Ms. Cooper has tried to include as many virtual simulations and experiences as possible in the new version of CH3WM, the Ancient Civilizations course, that she wrote for VHS. This course was launched this past spring. She writes:
I feel that students learn best when able to do their own inquiries into the past. It leads to deeper engagement and understanding of the past. This is why I’ve tried to include as many opportunities to do experiential or inquiry-based learning in this new course, rather than just having students read from a textbook. I am so excited to work with students on this new course!
Ms. Cooper now lives most of the year in Aberdeen, Scotland where she teaches English to grades 8-12 at a private girls’ school. She tries to integrate best practices from VHS into her regular teaching by using track changes to create dialogues on drafts to engage writers and to encourage them to revise their work further. On weekends, she enjoys exploring Scotland and the rest of Europe with her husband and young daughter. On the list for this year: Cawdor and Glamis castles to see where Shakespeare set Macbeth!
Ms. Cooper is a valued member of our teaching team in both the English and Canadian and World Studies departments. Thank you for your dedication to student success, Ms. Cooper!