Agnes ‘Coppie’ Short was the founder and first director of our school

She respected the uniqueness of each individual child, family member and colleague and this compassionate respect permeated her feelings about nature.

She was a leader in cooperative education on Long Island and incorporated Jean Piaget’s philosophy into her work, which supports the belief that children learn best by active involvement in first-hand experiences.

Coppie’s influence on our cooperative structure and curriculum lives on in our school community today, and we all continue to gain from her wisdom.

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