I reside in the Qualla community with my husband, Michael Cooper, to whom I have been married for 27 years.
I have an associates degree in business administration from Haywood Community College. My husband and I own and operate a hotel in Cherokee.
I have been an active volunteer in Jackson County Public Schools since our son started kindergarten at Smokey Mountain Elementary School in 2002. In addition to my service to the schools, I am also active in my church and other community organizations.
I have served faithfully on the Jackson County Board of Education for 10 years, most recently being elected by my fellow board members to serve as vice chair.
I have been involved in many district level projects including:
• The development of the District Strategic Plan.
• The design of the Long Range Capital Plan.
• The Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Student Academic Achievement.
• Safety and mental health initiatives.
• District Equity Project for total student success.
During my tenure I have worked diligently to see that the teachers and staff have the tools that they need and the facilities they deserve to ensure a successful future for all of our students.
I look forward to continuing my work for the children of Jackson County.
I was born and raised in Jackson County. I married my high school sweetheart, Sherry Bridges, in September 1990. We have two children – Colton and Callie.
I am the current pastor of Cullowhee Valley Baptist Church, a former PTA president and have served on the United Christian Ministries Board of Directors.
I feel like I can make a difference in our county for all – teachers, parents, students and administration. All of us must work together if we are going to achieve anything.
North Carolina is currently 29th in the nation in teacher pay. Our teachers and their assistants are deserving of a whole lot more.
I signed up to be a substitute teacher in JCPS for the 2018-19 school year, and my eyes were opened. Teachers do so much more than just teach.
I believe the parents of the students in the JCPS system have a legitimate struggle in the society we currently live in.
This world has so many things to offer our children, and all of it is at the click of a button.
Parents/guardians and teachers working together can make a huge and positive impact in a child’s life. If positive results are ever to be attained for that child, I believe that communication is paramount between the parent and teacher.
Proverbs 22:6 states; “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”