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Mr. Cooke: The Soul of School Spirit

Sarah Milosh
Mr. Cooke posing for the camera in his “Star Wars” outfit

Chad Cooke is an Honors Algebra 2 and AP PreCalc teacher and the adviser of Student Council. He is one of the most well-known teachers in our school because of the amount of time, work and effort he puts into almost all of our school activities.

Cooke has taught at Azle High School for 11 years. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he taught for six months at Nitmiz High School in Irving, Texas. For nine out of those 11 years, Mr. Cooke has been the head adviser for Student Council.

Cooke contributes to many aspects of the Student Council planning most events.

“I help students become leaders by helping them to plan and execute a variety of projects including but not limited to Homecoming, Blood Drives, Pep Rallies, etc.,” Cooke said.

Cooke has been a huge inspiration for AHS students for the past 11 years. One of his students, sophomore Morgan Hawkins, has had first-hand experience with his teaching prowess.

“He helped me have a great understanding of Algebra 2, and also helped me have fun while doing it,” Hawkins said. “When it comes to StuCo, he always motivates us to get stuff done in a fun and positive way. He comes up with good ideas and helps us execute them in the best way possible.”

Cooke is constantly helping Student Council by producing as much school spirit as possible. He commits time during before, during and after school, plus weekends. Which means he has many memories to share.

One of his favorite memories, he said, was “The year the AHS Student Council decided to run for the office of President for the Texas Association of Student Councils. A group of students had to coordinate a platform, campaign, and perform a skit in front of 4000+ students. I can remember all their hard work, and seeing them walk out on stage to perform their skit. There was nothing I could do at that point to support them. It was all up to them, and they crushed it. We received a standing ovation from the crowd and would go on to win the officer position against 2 other schools.”

Whether it is in the classroom, at a school event or outside school hours, Mr. Cooke is always willing to put in the max amount of effort to help share school spirit and influence as many students as possible. He always wants to make an impact.

When asked about his favorite thing as a leader, Cooke said, “When I see students take initiative to make a positive impact in our school.”

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