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TERRY’S TRIBUTE TO ANN MCGEE-COOPER
Ann once told me that she was determined to lead an extraordinary life; I can only smile when I reflect on how beautifully she accomplished that goal. I first met Ann when I was 19 and a college student at Southern Methodist University. Ann was my college professor and was leading the internationally acclaimed Experimental Arts Program (1968 – 1974), which she founded as “a place where college students could participate with children to discover the art of teaching and whether teaching was their true passion.” At the time, I was volunteering with fourth graders at (what was then) Booker T. Washington Elementary School (now a high school for the arts). Ann constantly
challenged me to find creative ways to teach my students, who were struggling to learn to read. Thanks to Ann’s encouragement, I led them in writing poetry, creating puppet shows, writing and performing plays, and using language in new and fun ways. As Ann said, “It was about developing mutual trust for the creative spirit within each of
us and creating a safe place for it to blossom and mature.” After teaching first grade for four years, I worked with parents in an inner-city neighborhood to open East Dallas Community School, now Lumin Education. Ann became my mentor, my confidant, and my co-conspirator. She helped me imagine all that was possible; today, the school she helped foster has grown from serving eight children in donated space to more than 600 children at four campuses.
Ann shared her expertise with our staff, leading retreats, teaching courses, leading dialogue sessions, and just last year, leading an all-day staff development session. What an inspiration she was to all she met!
Ann’s obituary is below.
Whether writing business best sellers, extolling the virtues of servant leadership, coaching business
executives, or tap dancing to cheering audiences, Ann McGeeCooper’s lively and loving spirit endeared
her to the hearts of thousands all over the world. Born December 16, 1935 in San Antonio, Texas, Ann’s parents, RS and Georgia Ulrich, made their way to Houston, Texas where Ann grew up as a youngster. At age 15, she visited the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and was forever changed by an exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh. She was saddened to learn he ended his life before others recognized the genius of his art. A personal calling took root and Ann vowed to help others recognize and appreciate the genius that lives in each of us. Ann prepared for her calling by earning a BA in architecture and design from the University of Texas and an MFA in Art Education from Southern Methodist University. She began her career teaching art in the Dallas Public Schools with her vision, “Every child has a gift to share. Teachers are called to find those talents and let them shine.” Her efforts were rewarded by being named one of the first “Dallas Teachers of the Year.” The relationships she built with her students developed into lifelong friendships, many of them staying in touch for over 50 years. Next, Ann joined the faculty at SMU and created the internationally recognized Experimental Arts Program, which not only helped atrisk children but also the
teachers in her program. Many became celebrated artists, actors, and musicians. Ann’s research at SMU led to her
unique doctoral degree from Columbia University in Creative Problem Solving and the Politics of Change. She worked with icons from different disciplines such as anthropologist Margaret Meade, educator Jean Houston, inventor Buckminster Fuller, and sculptor Alexander Calder. Serving two years on the faculty at Purdue, she taught innovation skills to postdoctoral students in engineering and science. Many of these students went on to work at NASA, creating technological advances for space missions. Returning to Dallas, Ann’s focus on creativity and genius led her to serving on the faculties of three area universities and consulting with businesses. In 1980, she married the love of her life, Dr. Larry Cooper, and continued her work with teachers of the talented and gifted. She met Duane Trammell while consulting with the DISD, they became business partners, and together they started Ann McGeeCooper & Associates (now TMCA). Through one of their business Clients, TDIndustries, Ann met Robert Greenleaf, and he became a mentor, teaching her about servant leadership. Because of her studies with Greenleaf, Ann became a passionate advocate of servant leadership and has inspired organizations throughout the world to adopt a vision of leading by serving.Ann’s gift for bringing people together, recognizing their genius, and inspiring bold dreams can be seen in building of The New Parkland Hospital, One Arts Plaza, and UT Southwestern Medical Center Outpatient Building. Recognition for her achievements include honorary doctorates from Trinity Western University and Sterling College, the Southwest Airlines Good Neighbor Award, The International Professional Women’s Alliance Award for Mentoring and Servant Leadership, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Center Director’s Colloquium, and the CoreNet Industry Achievement Award for Leadership Development in Construction of The New Parkland Hospital Project. Ann’s work has been featured in major publications such as Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, McCalls, and International Management in addition to five books Ann coauthored with Duane that have been translated into six languages. When asked why we are here on earth, she simply said, “To learn, to love, and to serve.”
Ann is survived by her husband Larry Cooper, son and family Rayo, Julie, and Rayne McCollough; stepson and family Craig, Debra, Bennett, and Chase Cooper; stepdaughter and family Cathy, Dave, Ashley, and Bryan Applefeld. Her TMCA Team, Duane Trammell, Carol Haddock, Luis DuranAparicio, and Timm Chamberlain; And numerous friends from around the globe.
A Service of Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75235. A reception will follow at the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the same location.
Donations in Ann McGeeCooper’s memory can be made to AIDS Interfaith Network (Dallas), Lumin Education, or a gift to AMCA Ann McGeeCooper Legacy Project to create a free digital library of Ann’s speeches.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Aug. 18 to Aug. 25, 2016
Job Title: Communications Coordinator
Reports To: Director of Development
School/Program: Support Team
Primary Work Site: East Dallas Community School, 924 Wayne Street, Dallas 75223
Hours/Status: Full time, year-round, Non- Exempt
Summary: Reporting to the Director of Development, the Communications Coordinator will collaborate with other members of the development department and directors of Lumin Education to set and guide the strategy for all communications to consistently articulate Lumin Education’s mission to both internal and external audiences.
The Communications Coordinator is also responsible for updating and managing communications correspondence such as the website, social media, and mass email communication to multiple constituency groups. This position also services as the Brand Manager for Lumin Education.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network’s discreet audiences in collaboration with the director of development and chief development officer
- Oversee and ensure brand compliance
- Develop an annual communications strategy and calendar
- Track media coverage and create measurable goals that can reported for marketing and communications projects
- Assist school directors and other Lumin staff on marketing strategy and materials to recruit students and promote Lumin’s programs in the community
- Manage and coordinate the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, mass emails, social media, and other marketing material
- Coordinate webpage and social media maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (required postings for charter school, article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
- Serve as liaison between Lumin’s staff and volunteers to promote and coordinate volunteer opportunities at all four of Lumin’s campuses
- Responsible for photographing Lumin’s programs and events
- Assist Development staff with other projects as requested
Lumin Education is seeking an accomplished Communications Coordinator who has at least 2 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, social media, graphic design, and mass email communications. The ability to take information and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, PR, marketing or related degree.
- Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
- Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
- A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives
- Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
- Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives to streamline processes
- Solid computer and design skills (Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites)
- Website design and management skills such as experience with Word Press or website management products
Please send cover letter and resume to gro.noitacudenimulnull@sboj
Job Title: Reading Specialist
Reports To: Director of Student Services
School/Program: Lumin Education
Primary Work Site: Lumin East Dallas and Lindsley Park Community Schools
Hours/Status: Part time, Non-Exempt (Hourly) 20 hours per week, 215-day year,
The Reading Specialist is responsible for providing individual reading instruction to identified students.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Provide individual reading instruction to improve the academic achievement of students at Lumin.
- Plan and deliver services based on the individual need of the student
- Record progress and document instruction delivered
- Develop rapport and establish positive learning environment that supports learning
- Work cooperatively with teachers to meet the needs of the individual student
- Conduct progress monitoring of students
- Use defined curriculum and approach as defined by Student Service Department
- Meet Highly Qualified Standards
- Certified in Reading Recovery
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field
- Minimum of 2 years teaching experience at the lower Elementary level
Knowledge and Skills:
- Proven expertise in teaching reading
- Knowledge of current research into effective literacy strategies
- Knowledge of and ability to meet the need of at-risk learners
Please send cover letter and resume to gro.noitacudenimulnull@sboj