Dan Cooperman retired from a 39-year career in public education in 2016. His career began as a bilingual elementary school teacher in East Los Angeles. He taught in Watsonville before he became a principal for more than fourteen years at four different elementary schools. Most recently he served the Goleta Union School District—Isla Vista School and Mountain View Schools.
His first central office position was as assistant superintendent, instructional services, in Goleta for nine years before he became the superintendent of Hope School District in Santa Barbara, where he served for seven years leading up to his retirement.
Career highlights include recognition as principal of Mountain View School, where the school earned honors as a California Distinguished School and Blue Ribbon School. In Hope School District, one school was recognized as a Distinguished School and two more were honored as Gold Ribbon Schools. In addition, the District was recognized as a Green Ribbon District for its environmental education program. Individual honors include selection as 2007 Educator of the Year by the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. Dan was Superintendent of the Year in 2015 for Region XIII of the Association of California School Administrators.
Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Master’s degree and teaching credential from the University of Southern California, and his PhD at UC Santa Barbara. He holds a Bilingual Certificate of Competence in Spanish and English.
Dan and his wife have two grown children, and a chocolate Labrador retriever named Donovan. His daughter writes for television shows in Los Angeles, his son attends UC Berkeley. His wife works for education abroad programs for the University of California.