Eric Zuccola, a member of the English Department at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, was named the Robbinsdale Area Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, during a virtual ceremony hosted by the Seven Dreams Education Foundation and Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers.
“Robbinsdale Area Schools has exceptionally skilled teachers,” said Peter Eckhoff, President of Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers. “We had a substantial list of candidates this year and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent the district than Mr. Zuccola,” he continued.
In Mr. Zuccola’s 21 years in the district, he has taught a number of different classes, but in recent years has focused primarily on International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language and Literature 12, IB Theory of Knowledge, Film Study and Journalism. In addition, Mr. Zuccola is an advisor for Cooper’s award-winning newspaper, “The Quill.” Since 2004, he has also been part of the Cooper athletics program as a head boys cross country coach and assistant boys track coach. In his spare time, Mr. Zuccola enjoys art, music, long-distance running and enjoying time with his wife and daughter.
“Our students are fortunate to have Eric Zuccola as a teacher. He does an exceptional job of providing guidance while encouraging students to grow and explore many opportunities while in high school,” said Frank Herman, Principal at Cooper High School. “Mr. Zuccola inspires his students to try their best,” he continued.
Mr. Zuccola was one of five finalists for this year’s honor. Other nominees included: Anthony Bakke, Armstrong High School; Susan Cunningham, Lakeview Elementary; John Rivers, Cooper High School; and Janet Rein, Lakeview Elementary.