Jody Cooperman has been working as an educator since 2001. She was originally a social worker for Alta California Regional Center with a specialty in serving Deaf individuals before becoming a teacher. Her true love is teaching English and U.S. history to middle school students, specifically 8th graders who are preparing for high school.  The culminating event for her students is a living history field trip to Boston, Massachusetts where the making of America happened.  Students also visit the Holocaust memorial in Boston where they each lay stones as a final component of their Holocaust study. Jody volunteers as a fellow for the Central Valley Holocaust Educators’ Network (CVHEN) where she provides workshops and helps to plan events for Kristallnacht, Yom Hashoah and other community learning opportunities. Teaching students and teachers about the Holocaust has been her mission and something she will continue in her upcoming retirement.