Nic Cooper, Ed.D., LPC, LMSW, has 45 years of experience in public education as a counselor, alternative education developer, assistant principal and principal. He earned a Bachelor Degree in psychology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH; a Master’s Degree in counseling from Western Michigan University and a Ed. D. from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Leadership. He is licensed as a Master Social Worker and as a Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. 

He began his career in Plymouth-Canton schools, initially as a high school counselor and later developed alternative education programs targeting at-risk youth. Concurrently, he was a adult probation officer and a substance abuse counselor with Growth Works, Inc. in Plymouth. He joined with Rick McCoy as a consultant, therapist and workshop presenter as a part of Cooper, McCoy and Associates, Inc. while taking a leave of absence in the early 1990’s.

He spent most of his career at the middle level after beginning as a high school counselor. Prior to his retirement, Saline Middle School where he was principal, was named as one of Michigan’s first Schools to Watch in 2006, a national recognition for exemplary middle schools presented through the National Forum to Accelerate of Middle Grades Reform.  

After his retirement from public education, he was a full-time faculty member in the teacher education program at Baker College in Jackson, MI before becoming the program director. He also was a part-time leadership coach for the Institute for Excellence in Education in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In that role he consulted with several schools in Michigan and Ohio including Grant (MI) Middle School on its way to becoming a School to Watch in 2017. A certified counselor and social worker, Nic worked part-time as a therapist at Still Waters Counseling in Saline, MI until 2014.  He was the state director for the Schools to Watch program from 2008 until 2014. He is the co-author with Rick McCoy of a book for parents of adolescence entitled How to Keep Being a Parent When Your Child Stops Being a Child and with Dr. Betty Garner of a book entitled Developing a Learning Classroom. He is a past member of the boards for the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators, the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. 

He continues to practice as a mental health therapist and presents at state and national conferences on classroom development, healing teaching staffs in conflict and addressing the needs of at-risk students among other topics.