1st Grade

Leigh Cooper

Leigh Cooper

Ms. Cooper has a Master's in Early Childhood Education from UALR. She is certified in Early Childhood Education and Reading. She is in her 32nd year of teaching in the Little Rock School District and came to Jefferson in 1990.

She enjoys singing and going to the lake, as well as spending time with her husband, Scott, her son, Tom, and her dog and cat, Murphee and Mango. 

Ms. Cooper's birthday is December 11th. She loves dining at Burge's and Boulevard Bread Company. Her favorite sweet treat is Dove chocolates, and snacks are Cheez-Its and Goldfish crackers. Gift card preferences are to Target and Dillard's.
 

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Amber Matthews

Amber Matthews

Ms. Matthews has a B.S.E. from Southern Arkansas University and a Master's in Reading from UALR. A teacher at Jefferson since 2001, Ms. Matthews is a K-12 supervising teacher of interns and field students for UALR, and holds a National Board Certification in literacy. She's also working toward a dyslexia therapist certification.

Her birthday is September 7th. She loves ZaZa's and Subway. Favorite sweet treets are fruit, nuts and chips, but also Now-or-Later candies, Almond Joy, Reese's and anything peanut butter. Recommended gift cards are Madewell, Athleta, Target and Anthropologie. 

Ms. Matthews loves reading and shopping and spending time with her two neices and nephews and cat, Callie. 

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Donica Cucciare

Donica Cucciare

Ms. Cucciare began teaching at Jefferson in 2020. She holds a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge and a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She lives with her husband and two sons, one dog, one cat and one goldfish!

Ms. Cucciare loves the great families, students and colleagues at Jefferson. She enjoys flavored seltzer water and coffee, and for restaurants she likes 5 Guys Burgers and Chik-Fil-A. For a sweet treat, she likes milk chocolate and baked goods.

Ms. Cucciare's birthday is November 22nd. Gift card ideas are Target and Amazon. 

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