Meet the Academy coaches

By Learning Forward
April 2023

The Learning Forward Academy Class of 2025 is forming now and will kick off in July. Coaches for this cohort are Beth Brockman and Crystal Cooper.

Brockman has served Texas public schools as a middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, district leader for professional learning, and, most recently, assistant superintendent for employee services leading professional learning and human resources work. Her current work includes university teaching and collaboration with individuals and districts on human resources and leadership development.

Brockman has a long affiliation with Learning Forward. She graduated from the Learning Forward Academy in 2012, served on the conference host committee in 2014 and 2018, and served on the board of Learning Forward Texas. She has master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor.

Cooper is principal of Starling Elementary School in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and a consultant with the Center for Responsive Schools, where she provides social and emotional learning coaching and support to teachers. She has previously served as classroom teacher, literacy coach, Early Intervention Program teacher, and assistant principal.

Cooper graduated from the Learning Forward Academy in 2018 and served on the board of the Learning Forward Foundation. She has master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University.

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