Welcome to Cooper Elementary School! My name is Dr. Christine Anderson and this is my eleventh year as an elementary principal with the Burlington Area School District. I am a mother of five, grandmother of three, and enjoy spending time with my husband on our family farm.
Our school is one of four elementary schools in Burlington. We are located in downtown Burlington off of State Highway 36. Cooper Elementary School consists of students from early childhood through grade 4. We have both traditional (4K-grade 4) and Montessori (4K-level 3) programs at our facility. Our students receive a high-quality, research-based education with a strong emphasis on literacy and mathematics instruction using the workshop model approach to teaching and learning. During this instructional time, educators are focusing on individual student ability levels and targeting growth areas to ensure students are reaching their full potential.
Our staff and students collaboratively work together to follow a positive behaivor system, which consists of the Cooper Way rules and procedures. Students and staff take pride in their school by leaving "no trace" and ensuring that all school community members are valued by practicing respect, accepting responsibility, working together, and fostering a safe learning environment.
As an educator my goals are to assist students in being the "best they can be" by helping them develop critical thinking, social, and problem solving skills. Staff development focuses on 21st century technology and academic skills to equip educators with necessary tools to prepare students for a brighter future. My philosophy is that any decision made in school should be based on what is best for children and their learning. Furthermore, I firmly believe that it takes all of us; parents, students, and staff members to collaborate to build a strong educational foundation that fosters social and academic success in our students.