District welcomes new STEAM/CTE coordinator

The Cheatham County School District has named Chris Cooper as its new STEAM/CTE coordinator.

The School Board created this new position beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

Cooper will be responsible for developing and coordinating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming as well as serving as a liaison between CTE (Career and Technical Education) staff, post-secondary institutions and business partners.

Cooper is the current academic specialist at Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School. He has also served as the academic specialist at Kingston Springs Elementary School and band director at Harpeth Middle School.

He has been in the education field for more than 25 years, including seven years in Cheatham County and 10 years in Williamson County.

Prior to his work in Williamson County, Cooper taught at Vanderbilt University and served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Louisville and University of Georgia.

“I am excited about serving in my new role of STEAM/CTE coordinator for Cheatham County Schools. STEAM and CTE are all about pathways to success and opportunity for our students,” he said.

He added: “I look forward to building relationships with our local businesses along with the many talented CTE and STEAM teachers in the district to help realize those opportunities for students. Preparing our students for the 21st century work place through education, certification and training is a win/win for all involved.”