Ms. Koperski Teaches With Heart and Soul

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Ms. Koperski has been teaching in Farmington for 27 years and is currently a sixth grade science teacher here at Warner.  In addition to making her class really cool for kids, she is also involved in many activities outside of her classroom. In fact, she basically has her hand in everything that is great for kids.

She leads Battle of the Middles, AWIM (A World In Motion), WEB, NASA education, Student Council, Cross Country and Track. She was recently awarded the PTSA Distinguished Service Award 2017-18, and it’s obvious why she earned this award.

As a WEB leader, Ms. Koperksi embraces her role of creating relationships between students and herself. She has taken the lead in choosing WEB leaders. She organizes opportunities for students to mentor their peers throughout the school year.

A student council member, Nikhil Sheth, states, “Ms. Koperski asks for our ideas and makes them become a reality.”

Ms. Koperski always says yes to any program that would benefit kids and the community. She works tirelessly to raise awareness of this charity event. She promotes the event with students, staff, parents, and the community. Over the years, the event has raised $65,800 for Farmington Goodfellows.

In addition, her classroom is a buzz of positive activity. Mrs. Simmons says, “Whenever I stop by Ms. Koperski’s classroom, kids are immersed in learning, side by side with her. One time, I walked in to see groups huddled up as they were planning and creating; the soothing sound of waves were being played in the background; the lights were dimmed slightly, and there was an excited energy in the air.”

Lindsay Berke, an eighth grader, says of Ms. Koperski, “She is very spirited and vivacious in honor of our school.”

Ms. Koperski exemplifies what it means to be a great teacher. She is calm and caring, enthusiastic and spirited, someone who stays on top of best teaching practices, and a true leader in her field. She strives for excellence in all she does. She makes everyone around her better.

We asked Ms. Koperski some questions:

  • What made you want to become a teacher?

“I never actually wanted to become a teacher. I was doing a medical lab science program in college, and I had many eye surgeries and couldn’t always look through the microscope. I was also working part-time in a day care and loved it and thought, ‘What if I could combine what I know about science and kids?’ And then I decided to become a teacher.”

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

“Either continuing to have a blast with middle school kids, being on the beach, or traveling throughout Europe.”

  • How do you handle stress?

“I handle my stress by working out. I either bike, box, or go for a walk.”

  • What is one fun fact that no one knows about you?

“In my closet, I hang all of my clothes by color according to the rainbow.”

  • Finally, what tips and tricks would you give to a future teacher?

“Don’t be afraid to go off your plan, have fun with it, and remember to always laugh with your students.”

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Lindsay Berke, Contributor

Lindsay Berke is an eighth grader at Warner Middle School. She has been playing tennis for more than four years and is very athletic. Lindsay has a brother, Ryan, who is currently in tenth grade and is very close with him and the rest of her family. A funky fact about Lindsay is that she can juggle with two or three items at a time. Ask her to show you!

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Rebecca Tauber, Contributor

Rebecca Tauber is an eighth grader at Warner Middle School. She has been a dancer for nine years and has danced the styles of Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She is the oldest sibling in her family, and her favorite TV show is “Dancing With the Stars.” Rebecca’s favorite subject is math. She is currently in the Warner Yearbook/Journalism class. Her favorite dessert of all time is red velvet cupcakes. Rebecca is a nice and kind person.

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