As my son enters ninth grade and my daughter enters fourth this year, I wonder about the friends they will meet, whether or not their teachers will be good fits for them, and if the education they receive will be challenging but not too frustrating for them. I am quite certain that many of my concerns are shared by you as your child is taking the big step into middle school. In my years of teaching, I have come to realize that the step up into middle school is not an imposing wall to scale, but instead, just a step. Each step from kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond is not insurmountable as long as parent, child, and teacher have partnered through each grade level together. I will need your help this year to guide your child through the next nine months. My classroom door is open to you, my phone line is available, and my inbox is accepting messages. Please keep in close touch with me.
This is my 23rd year teaching at Heatherwood. Some of that time has been spent teaching 8th grade block, so I have a clear idea of what your child needs to learn by the end of her/his time in middle school. Born and raised in Bellevue, the Bellevue School District gave me a solid educational foundation to build upon, and Western Washington University’s education program prepared my for my dream of becoming a teacher. My wife and I met a few years after college and have been married for 20 years. Up until just a couple of years ago, we were foster parents. Caring for kids has always been a cornerstone of our marriage.
I look forward to spending the school year with you. Robert Cooke