Karen Newhart is the new character-education teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Clayton.
Newhart, who is licensed to teach in grades K-6, has a master’s degree in brain-based teaching and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
She will teach Cooper students values such as honesty, fairness and respect for self and others.
“It is important to recognize that character education also includes a student’s performance values such as effort, perseverance and diligence,” Newhart said. “These are essential principles that will allow our nation’s youth to develop confidence to be able to transition into adulthood where the social world has certain expectations and they will be able to accomplish their individual goals. Promoting these values is fundamental in developing these youths to become functioning members of society.”
Cooper’s character-education program aims to help develop each student’s emotional and social skills. The curriculum consists of units based on specific character traits, personal development and strong community involvement to instill a sense of self-worth.
Newhart said she is a strong believer in teaching students optimism and helping students understand that they are in control of changing their own brain.