Phone: 828-754-6204 (School) and cell # 828-394-1229

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Gardner-Webb University; Masters in Business Administration from Campbell University Certification Area: Business (6-12)

Mrs. Cockerham

Experience
I first began my teaching career working in Burke County Schools 17 years ago. After teaching in Burke for five years I decided to make a career change and moved to working with adults and taught Office Systems at Caldwell Community College. With my heart still in teaching impressionable youth, I moved five years later to Caldwell County Schools. In fact this will be my seventh year here. For the past six years I have been working as both a high school and middle school teacher at Gateway Alternative. But this year I have decided to move to Gamewell Middle so I can focus on teaching computers /business to middle schoolers.

Favorite Educational Quote and Why
My favorite quote comes from an unlikely source, the former President Ronald Reagan, "There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder." Some of the brightest students I have encountered are the ones who push themselves beyond their peers just because they can.

Why I Became An Educator
I come from a family of educators and the most influential one was my mother. My mother, an adaptive elementary exceptional children teacher, taught me that all kids want to feel they are smart and are good at something, want to feel accepted for who they arE. She also taught me that all students want to feel loved, appreciated and that they are heard. Listening to students is one of the best traits I have developed in my 17 years of teaching.

Favorite Place In Caldwell County
When I worked at CCC&TI, I traveled to their Watauga Campus up 321 at least 3 days a week. The top of the mountain overlook where you can view Table Rock and Grandfather Mountain is one of my favorite spots.

Activites
My family and I enjoy camping and hiking to see the sun rise or set.