Mrs. Kopperman taught my high school journalism class. She inspired me look for stories in unlikely places, write from the heart and lead my peers. Kopperman gave us a place to hang out for hours after school. She gave us somewhere to be comfortable and made each person feel important. She chose me to be one of the newspaper editors my senior year. That vote of confidence made me into the person I am today. I went on to major in journalism. When I graduated, rather than joining the press corps, I chose to teach.
As we left class each day, Kopperman always said, ”Be good.” Now that I’m a teacher, I end class each day with that same phrase.