Agnes ‘Coppie’ Short is the founder and first director of our school. A leader in cooperative education on Long Island, she incorporated Jean Piaget’s philosophy into her work, which supports the belief that children learn best by active involvement in first-hand experiences. She respected the individuality of each child, family member, and colleague. Her compassionate regard for others, as well as her tenacious love of nature, are the basis of our cooperative structure. Coppie’s beliefs, values, and curriculum live on in our school community today, and we continue to grow from her legacy.

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