April 2019 GeoMentor Spotlight - Dave Cooper

04-15-2019 08:53 AM
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Each month we feature GeoMentor volunteers to showcase the wonderful talent available in our community to assist K-12 schools.

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Name: Dave Cooper
Position: Planning GIS Tech, Columbus Consolidated Government
What was your favorite class in K-12? Science and Social Studies were my favorite classes.
How did you first learn about GIS? I started out as a graphic designer and was introduced to GIS by my supervisor. I fell in love with it and never looked back. It has been a wonderful career.
Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I work with the kids at church and love sharing my experience with them. It's amazing when you get one of those "ah-ha" moments, when you see their faces light up in discovery. I wanted to share my love of geography with them as well. That was how I got involved with geomentoring, just a desire to share the thing I love with a new generation.
What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I enjoy working with anyone who has an interest in learning about GIS and its many forms - young professionals, kids, anyone who wants to have fun and learn about GIS.
If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Are you kidding? One sentence? Hmmm...If you can imagine it you can map it, let your mind take you to far off places and then make a map of it!
Twitter: @DavidCooper5 
About the Author
Senior Research Geographer with the Association of American Geographers; Map Nerd