Robbinsdale Area Schools

Cooper High School Teacher Named Robbinsdale Teacher of the Year

Michelle Kope was selected as the 2022 Robbinsdale Teacher of the Year, an award bestowed annually since 2012 by the Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers (RFT). Kope has worked for the district for 24 years as an English teacher at Cooper High School. 

“I feel so honored to be recognized as the Robbinsdale Teacher of the Year for 2022. I love my job and wouldn't dream of doing anything else,” Kope said.

Each year there is an outstanding field of finalists for the Teacher of the Year award, said Peter Eckhoff, RFT president.

“Michelle is a wonderful example of an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond in building relationships with her students,” he said. 

Though she’s been a longtime educator, Kope says she learns from her students and peers each year. 

“What has been powerful is making personal connections with every student in every class, while remembering her own limitations with a humble, loving heart.”

Kope was recognized on May 12 during an in-person celebration co-hosted by RFT and the Seven Dreams Education Foundation.

Eckhoff said there were four other finalists for this year’s honor. They included: Steve Hoffman, FAIR Crystal; Kate Limbeck, Cooper High School; Jamie Molitor, Cooper High School; and Lauren Peralta, Cooper High School.