May 9, 2012
Basehor-Linwood Middle School reading teacher Tom Cooper talks with eighth-graders Jaymez Turner (left) and Sam Giomi during class Monday. Cooper will retire from teaching at the end of the school year after 33 years in Basehor-Linwood schools, though he will stay on as a coach and athletic director.
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Since Tom Cooper took a teaching job in Basehor right out of college in 1979, he has worked in five buildings, taught students in four grades and coached three sports.