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The student voice of Berkeley Preparatory School

The Fanfare

The student voice of Berkeley Preparatory School

The Fanfare

Meet Mrs. Cooper!

Laura Cooper discusses her role as a UD counselor

Laura Cooper is the newest addition to our counselors here at Berkeley! From a young age, Cooper has dreamed of becoming a child psychologist, as she has a passion for helping others. She has been counseling for about fifteen years, eight of which she has spent working in schools. When asked how she likes the Berkeley community so far, she said, “Everybody’s been super super welcoming. They’re always looking out and checking in on me! Just seeing everybody take care of each other, it makes it feel very easy.”

Cooper is always looking for ways to help those in the Berkeley community overcome their challenges. “It’s really cool helping students feel comfortable to talk about something that’s bothering them,” she said, “and then seeing them feel proud of themselves when they try out a new skill.”

SETTLING IN: Laura Cooper is getting used to her new office and is excited to have students come and visit.

Prior to moving to Tampa, Cooper lived in Chicago for about eleven years. She says the main differences between Tampa and Chicago are the weather and amount of traffic. Outside of counseling, Cooper likes spending time with friends, going to the beach and hanging out with her cat and dog. She also loves various genres of music and goes to many concerts; recently she attended the Rob Zombie concert and looks forward to the Ludacris concert. Additionally, Cooper is a “Swiftie” (nickname given to Taylor Swift fans). When asked what her favorite Taylor Swift song is, she said, “I can’t even answer that one because I feel like it really depends on the mood and what you’re going through!”

Cooper’s goal this year is to meet as many people as possible and get the students at Berkeley to understand that the counselors are there to help them no matter what. 

Cooper will be an amazing addition to the Berkeley community as a support system for all students on campus!

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Kiran Dhaliwal, Staff Writer
Kiran Dhaliwal is a sophomore who joined Fanfare this year. She hopes to learn more about the process of writing articles. Outside of the club, Kiran enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing basketball, and trying new things.
Neha Varanasi, Staff Writer
Neha Varanasi is a sophomore at Berkeley who is joining fanfare as a staff writer this year! She is really excited to write for the fanfare and contribute to the club. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, go to the beach, read, and hang out with her dog!
Serena Kachhi, Staff Writer
Serena Kachhi is currently a sophomore and joined the Fanfare as a writer this year. Other than the Fanfare, she is involved in the Red Cross and the Medical Sciences Club. In her free time, Serena enjoys playing throwball, participating in Bollywood dance, and teaching young children at her place of worship. 

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