By Jarin Piyana ’18
Ms. Cooke-Stokes is a former Midwood student. She graduated in 1972 and is originally from Alabama but moved to New York in 1963. She is a married woman with two beautiful step daughters.
During her high school years, she was in the CO-OP program. It is unlike the Humanities and Med-Sci programs that we have today. This program was much simpler and had fewer requirements.
Ms.Cooke said, “The education back then was really different and simple. We did not use technology like you do today.”
In 1995, she decided to come back to Midwood as a school aid. She wanted to come back because she loved it here during her school years. It was the perfect place for her since she was so familiar with it already. Ms.Cooke-Stokes monitors in the bathrooms, hallways, lunch rooms, and collects attendance. She starts her job at 7:30 AM and ends at 12:30 PM.
Ms.Cooke-Stokes loves her job and does it with passion. She enjoys coming here talking to the kids and interacting with them.
“My favorite part of my job is connecting with the kids and to spend time with them,” she said. “I feel really happy working in this type of environment.”
The students feel the same about her as well. They love her because she is such an open minded and outgoing person. Ms.Cooke-Stokes is always smiling and involved with her surroundings.
“I love that she is very easy to talk to. I always say hi when I see her and talk to her,” said Namiea Amin ’18.
“ I have known her for 4 years, and she is absolutely such an amazing person inside and out,” said Fatima Khan ’17
But there are always challenges in anything you do. One of the challenges she goes through is that sometimes a kid might have a bad day and act very rude. But Ms.Cooke-Stokes believes that is really normal. Everybody has one of those days, and you just learn to deal with it. She said you need to have a lot of patience and just be calm about it.
She has put all her dedication and hard work in all her jobs. She plans to retire in a few years. Ms.Cooke-Stokes said she is proud of her work and will definitely miss every part of it.