“I was just doing my job,” my husband, Paul, said to me. I watched and listened how a school reacted with praise and tears to the retirement of their beloved assistant principal.
After dedicating 35 years to Miami Southridge Senior High School, I understood why the Spartan family felt the way they did about him.
You could find Paul at the school at all hours resolving problems as they arose. Known for his sense of humor, but most important, his fairness, compassion and empathy, the students and staff had come to rely on “Mr. Cooper” for just about anything. At this year’s annual awards ceremony, a new award was introduced: “The Cooper Spartan Legend Award,” which will be presented annually to a highly-respected student.
Paul provided some words of wisdom to the graduating class and received a standing ovation. Proof that one person can make a difference. His impact will resonate in the school’s halls for many years to come. On this Father’s Day, I’m confident that our sons share the same work ethic and integrity as their father and will carry on his legacy long after we are gone.
Cindy Cooper, Miami