Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Master of Education in Interrelated Special Education Doctorate of Educational Leadership
Dr. Lori Hopper
When I was a little girl, I loved to play school. I used some of my stuffed animals and pretended they were my students. I can remember sitting my stuffed animals on the floor near my closet door. I used a box of chalk to write on the back of my closet door just like a real teacher would write on a real chalk board in a real school. I loved pretending to teach my "students" how to read and how to solve math problems. I guess I should have known way back then that I would enjoy being a school teacher.
Once I decided I wanted to become a real teacher and teach real boys and girls, I attended the University of West Georgia and Kennesaw State Universtiy. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education. A few years later I went back to college and earned a Masters' Degree in Interrelated Special Education from Kennesaw State University. Four years later, I went back to college and earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership Degree from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.
For the past 26 years I have been able to teach some of the most incredible children in the Bartow County School System and in the Cartersville City School System. I started teaching kindergarten for the first 5 years of my career. During the time I taught kindergarten my husband, Neil and I had our two children. Our sons are Christian and Benjamin Hopper. Christian is 21 years old, and he graduated from Cartersville High School in 2014. Benjamin is 20 years old and he was a Cartersville Purple Hurricane until he graduated in 2015. Both of my sons attend college. (We love the Purple Hurricanes! Go CANES!) Christian attends New York University as a Vocal Performance Major, and he is working to act and sing so he can go to Broadway one day. Benjamin attends Oglethorpe University as a Bio-Psychology Major and is in the Pre-Med program. Benjamin is working to become a cardiologist.
When I'm not at school teaching, I enjoy traveling, exercising, planting and weeding flowers, attending church and loving my sweet animals. I have four weiner dogs (They are actually called dachshunds.) My dogs are named Rudi, Ruffles, Rugby and Remi! I have a calico cat named Miss Kitty and a pond full of fish. I used to have three horses and I enjoyed spending time with them at the horse farm.
The best thing I like about being a school teacher is when a student learns how to do something new for the very first time. I LOVE watching the sparkle in a student's eyes when they have learned how to read or solve a math problem.