Q&A with Jamie Cooley, youth care counselor, Waco campus

The University of Texas Charter School on the Waco campus offers special interests subjects during the homeroom period. One of these classes is learning about all aspects of the military.

Jamie Cooley, a youth care counselor, is leading the class. Jamie was a Sergeant in the United States Army and served in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Below, Cooley is pictured (center) with Anthony (left) and James (right), residents at MCH. We caught up with Jamie to learn more.

Q: What have the students learned in your homeroom class?
A: I try to give a reality based picture of what it means to be in the military. Often our students’ only knowledge of the military is what they see in movies or video games. I give a history of wars from WWI to our current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I try to give them an understanding of what soldiers go through in peace time, war time and what it is like once they return home. We want them to gain an appreciation for those who have served or who are now serving our country.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I enjoy helping students discover their strengths and interests. When I was a Sergeant in the army, I had many young troops who I helped mentor and transition to independence. I see similarities between the way I mentored young troops in the army and the way we help students work toward gaining a sense of belonging, mastery, generosity and independence here at the Methodist Children’s Home.

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