We've got so many cool people in our SD community and we thought you'd like to get to know some of them. Follow along at #FacesOfSD. Here, meet Bridget Cooper SD parent and PSA Gala Fundraiser Co-Chair.
When did your family join the SD community?
The Cooper Family moved to California in 2011, via Australia and Chicago, and joined SD at the start of the 2015 school year. We thawed out in California and we're thrilled to be here at San Domenico!
Where are you from?
We are originally from New Zealand. We moved to Chicago in 2011. This explains why our children speak in American accents but their parents do not. Sometimes the kids say they can't understand us, but that's mostly when they're trying to get out of doing chores.
Tell us about your work with the Parent Service Association (PSA), what inspired you to join, what position you hold, and what you do in that role?
I happily joined the PSA board in 2016 when I was asked to co-chair the 2017 gala with the inimitable Karen Duncan. Karen and I couldn't be more excited about what's in store for the PSA Gala. My involvement with the Gala has been a wonderful way to get to know parents of children in many different grades.
Which of our core values of Study, Reflection, Community, and Service is inspiring you the most this week and why?
This week, the core value of community has delighted and overwhelmed me. With the 2017 Gala less than a month away, it has been heartwarming to see so many people generously providing silent auction items, and offering to help with all kinds of jobs from daunting to delicate. The moral support the community has given to Karen and I will not soon be forgotten.
After working hard all week, what is your ideal weekend?
My ideal weekend would have four days in it. But, until that can happen, I love gathering family together and heading to one of our favorite local spots like Cavallo Point, Nick's Cove, or Farmshop. If patience, car etiquette, and schedules allow, we like taking family trips to Healdsburg. Friday or Saturday night my husband Rob and I usually try to sneak into the City for date night.
What are a few of your most significant personal accomplishments?
My three children, helping my husband make a life for our family in America, and my interior design business.
What are a few of your most proud parent moments? (We all have those, "I wish someone had seen this" moments, here's your chance to share one/some of those times with the SD community!)
I am so proud of my children every day and I'm not just saying that because there's a chance they'll read this. I truly am. A few examples, though, so as not to dodge the question: my eldest daughter overcame her nerves and sang in front of the entire school at San Domenico. And, just last week, my son and youngest daughter offered to give all of their pocket money towards buying a house in Marin. We of course accepted their offer;)For more, visit www.sandomenico.org/FacesOfSD or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.