Michael Cooper has been a member of the Marian College staff since 1998. He was appointed to the position of VCE Coordinator in 2000 and remained in this position until 2005, combining it with VET Coordination in 2005, as the college sought to expand its vocational offerings. In these roles, Michael worked closely with staff in meeting the external demands of their courses.
In 2006-7, Michael was the Learning Area Coordinator for Mathematics, overseeing the implementation of new units at Year 10, as the college changed the structure of its curriculum. He also led the Mathematics’ team in trialing the TI-Nspire computer algebra system prototypes. In 2008, Michael took on the role of eLearning Coordinator in a shared capacity, which he continued until 2011. During this time, laptop computers were introduced for students, and there was a more systemised approach to the use of ICT in the curriculum and for curriculum documentation. From 2011 to 2022, Michael was the College Timetabler, responsible for the development of semester timetables for staff and students, and involved in student subject selection. He was also a Learning Leader in 2018-19, responsible for Mathematics and The Arts.
In 2023, Michael was appointed as a member of the Senior Leadership Team as the Director of School Operations. In addition to timetabling, he was involved in organisation of assemblies, examinations and NAPLAN, management of the online learning platform, SEQTA, daily organisation of extras and events, and allocation of staff loads.
Michael has taught a wide range of VCE studies, including Year 12 Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics, Accounting and Business Management. He thinks that mathematical thinking is an important aptitude in the 21st century.
Michael has been involved in many facets of college life. In 2011, with a group of students, he formed the Marian College Gospel Choir to enrich the liturgical life of the school. They regularly performed in school liturgies and masses, as well as on special occasions such as opening of buildings and bishop’s visits. Michael has also played bass guitar in the band for a number of school musical productions.