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Stephanie Cocchia

Position: Math Teacher
School: McNair Academic High School
School District: Jersey City Public Schools
City, State: Jersey City , NJ

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Stephanie Cocchia was nominated anonymously.

Ms. Cocchia makes a difference in all of the lives she encounters. She makes herself available, even outside of normal work hours, for all of her students, their families, and her colleagues when they need extra support, attention, or encouragement. For the past few years, Ms. Cocchia has taken groups of 30+ students on STEM trips all over the world to enhance their educational and cultural experiences. She has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, along with Master's degrees in business and education. With her vast knowledge and experience, she is able to provide a well-rounded and engaging educational experience for all.

"Her vibrant personality, humorous nature, empathy, and deep knowledge of her subject matter change lives for the better and leave a lasting impact on all individuals that she encounters," said her nominator.



Comments (121)


Karen Ayoub Posted 1 days ago

I had Mrs. Cocchia for both geometry and web design, and she was honestly one of the best teachers I have had. She made any subject that she taught engaging and fun. Mrs. Cocchia was extremely supportive and went above and beyond in making sure that we not only grasped the concepts, but understood the real-world applications. She is a kind and caring individual who genuinely wants her students to succeed.

Bhavin Posted 3 days ago

Mrs. Coccchia is one of those teachers that takes her responsibility as a teacher, educator, and influencer in the lives of young teens very seriously. When I was taught by Mrs. Cocchia, I recall her regularly fostering a positive inclusive environment . She would find ways to help students dig into their passions and experiment different methods in reaching the students that were less passionate. Learning doesn't solely happen in the classroom and Mrs. Cocchia was one of the teachers I had growing up that really instilled this into her students.

Karen Ayoub Posted 5 days ago

I had Mrs. Cocchia for both geometry and web design, and she was honestly one of the best teachers I have had. She made any subject that she taught engaging and fun. Mrs. Cocchia was extremely supportive and went above and beyond in making sure that we not only grasped the concepts, but understood the real-world applications. She is a kind and caring individual who genuinely wants her students to succeed.

Tejshree Borkhetaria Posted 5 days ago

I am so excited to hear that Mrs. Cocchia was nominated for this! Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most wonderful mathematics teacher I have ever had and she is so great, both in the classroom and out. I know firsthand the sort of sacrifices that she is willing to make for her students and all the opportunities that she actively seeks for them and their growth. I'm wishing the best for her in this nomination :)

Mariam Dardir Posted 5 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is the most selfless, thoughtful, and loving teacher that I ever had the pleasure of learning from. Her kindness extends beyond the ability of words to describe, and she made me fall in love with geometry despite my open hatred for math. Her class was not only well taught and informative, but it went above and beyond any expectations I could have had for a math class. She encouraged personal growth, prioritized mental health, and emphasized the importance of having good morals. She was a mother to me within school, and it is such an honor for me to have been one of her students.

Kevin Ebrahim Posted 5 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia was the highlight of my High school experience. Her class quickly became my favorite because she was dedicated to her craft. I never felt more engaged then when I was there with her working through problems and coming to her for extra help. She truly is a gem of a teacher and one that I will remember for years to come! I hope she keeps inspiring and instilling her knowledge into wide-eyed students because that is our most important resource. Thank you for everything Mrs. Cocchia! All the best!

Alvin Mak Posted 5 days ago

Widely recognized as one of the best teachers at her school, Ms. Cocchia is known for her teaching capabilities, her kindness, and occasionally, her humor. She puts in the effort to guide her students through each topic, ensuring no one is left behind. Her class was a favorite of mine, and I’ve heard numerous compliments about her throughout my high school career, both about her teaching and student engagement. She has surely changed countless lives as a teacher, educator, and mentor.

Amir Posted 12 days ago

Ms. Cocchia was one of my most favorite teachers in High school. You could tell she had a deep appreciation for teaching and was committed to every student. At the time I was a student, I was going through a rough period and Ms. Cocchia had always been supportive and cheerful. In many ways, she promoted excellence in my studies, but also helped me nurture a healthy inner resolve.

Nathaniel Escaro Posted 15 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most encouraging and caring teachers I have ever met. She is very approachable and tries her best to help every student she can with her eccentric personality. Classes with her as my teacher enjoyable and unforgettable.

Michael Posted 16 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is the type of teacher you will never forget. Though it has been years since I was a student in her classroom, I still vividly remember how kind and amazing she was. She truly cares for her students and wants them to succeed.

Vivian Posted 16 days ago

Ms. Cocchia, a wonderful, sweet, caring woman. I met her couple years ago. She’s my neighbors Mom. We love her and we have not doubt that her students too. She’s a great professional and her charisma is amazing. She must be one of the most lovely teachers I ever met.

Patty Cymbaluk Posted 16 days ago

Stephanie is a dedicated and caring teacher. She is one of the kindest people I know. Her students are so blessed to have her positive influence in their lives.

Erin McGee Posted 16 days ago

Stephanie is the most compassionate, enthusiastic, and hard working teacher I’ve ever met. She goes above and beyond for everyone in her life, and has so much pride in her students. She loves without judgement, and always sees the best in those around her. She’s the best. We are so lucky to know her and learn from her!

Soledad Posted 23 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is honestly one of the best teachers I have ever had. She has always been supportive and helpful, in geometry and in other parts of my life as a student. I couldn’t ask for a better geometry teacher! I feel as though I’ve learned so much from her, and I truly respect her.

Mae Posted 24 days ago

Ms. Cocchia was such an amazing teacher this year. She made sure all of her students were thoroughly prepared for any exams, especially the NJSLA, and really just boosted my confidence with math in general. I definitely enjoyed having her and I hope to have her again in the future.

Hooryah Raja Posted 24 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is someone that I will never forget once I graduate out of high school. I had the honor of being Mrs. Cocchia’s student in freshman year of high school, and I valued every second of it. Mrs. Cocchia never fails to encourage her students towards the right path, and always has a smile on her face everyday. She has always went above and beyond for her students, and thanks to her, my passion for math has strengthened. I’m never afraid to ask Mrs. Cocchia a question, and appreciate everything she’s done for me.

Sydney C. Posted 24 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia has been an amazing teacher, you can tell that she truly cares that her kids learn and enjoy geometry. She prepared me well for my tests and made the transition from online school back to in-person easy. She goes above and beyond for her students, and I don't know where I would be without her.

Anjani Agarwal Posted 24 days ago

If I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, I would want to be exactly like Mrs. Cocchia. Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most hardworking people and that is evident in every one of her classes. As a freshman coming to a new school, Mrs. Cocchia always made sure we could do our best and little more, but never too much. She teaches each lesson with grace, engages us, and makes sure we understand everything. She's always willing to help students who might be a little behind. But that doesn't mean that she lets us slack off and makes sure we are completing our homework as well. Mrs. Cocchia is someone I admire and respect greatly and I know she'll still be one of the best teachers I'll have even after I graduate.

Beatrice Oguku Posted 24 days ago

I'm glad to have had Mrs. Cocchia as my geometry teacher, and I think everyone needs a teacher like her at least once in your life! She's the most organized person I've ever met being that she plans her things weeks ahead, and makes sure her students have all the resources they need before testing. She wrote amazing things in my recommendation letter for a summer program and I got accepted! I can definitely say she deserves this award, and I'm so pleased that she's nominated.

Felipe Rendall Posted 24 days ago

Ms Cocchia is the best, she helped me get through the year with her funny remarks, and taught me how to be a better student.

Mohamed Feki Posted 24 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is by far the best Math teacher I have ever had. She has an amazing balance of teaching us well, and making us laugh. I could'nt function in geometry without her, and she is one brilliant math teacher.

Caleb Marwah Posted 24 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is an amazing teacher and person. She always makes the classroom a lively place, sharing the news about her dog Dontai or even asking the students about the new "trends". She's always there to help us if we're in trouble, and always gives us opportunities to get our grade up. She has been nothing but nice to my class the entire year and deserves the best from everyone.

Ayush Chadha Posted 25 days ago

I had Mrs. Cocchia in 9th grade for geometry and it was a wonderful experience. I was fortunate to have such a great teacher. She taught us geometry in an easy and efficient manner. Having her as a teacher was definitely a pleasure.

Janak Ochani Posted 25 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia has been a magnificent teacher throughout the duration of 9th grade for me. She prepared us well for any tests, and she made learning extremely fun and engaging. With her, I learned a lot of things that would have been much more boring if taught by a different teacher. I am very grateful for her determination to help her students succeed in anything she teaches.

Shivali Patel Posted 27 days ago

I was fortunate to have Mrs. Cocchia as my geometry teacher in ninth grade. Despite being in a virtual setting, Mrs. Cocchia left nothing behind to make it feel as if we were in a real classroom. Her patience with us to and her plentiful resources made her one of the best math teachers I've had yet. She always encouraged us to ask for help and leave no stones unturned to make sure we felt comfortable in her class, during virtual, that was one of the qualities I appreciated about her class. As a teacher, she has always pushed us for success in the most generous and kindest way possible. She made learning math colorful, creative, and thrilling in only a short 50-minute period every day. She's been one of the best teachers I've had throughout high school by far.

Tanya Avadia Posted 28 days ago

I had the opportunity to have Mrs. Cocchia both as a freshman and again as a junior. As freshman, she made the transition to high school easy. Everything from her teaching style to her friendliness made her the perfect mentor. Whether you needed extra help or extra time to complete an assignment, Mrs. Cocchia always had your back. Having her again during junior year which for me was virtual due to the pandemic, I had the opportunity to connect with her in a very special way. Mrs Cocchia always had a clear plan of what we'll do in that class period and made all the assignments challenging yet rewarding. Now looking back as a senior, she is one of the best teachers I have ever had and I'm sure a lot of my classmates would agree. She even wrote me an excellent and very personalized letter of recommendation for my college applications which again show the depths she would go to learn about her students and aid them. Mrs. Cocchia is not only a great teacher but an amazing role model and person.

Sophia Ramos Posted 28 days ago

When I had Mrs. Cocchia as a freshman, I remember always being able to look forward to her class. She made learning geometry very enjoyable. Mrs. Cocchia is more than a teacher, as she always bonds with students and creates a happy environment with her bubbly personality. Looking back as a senior, I still consider Mrs. Cocchia to be one of the best teachers at this school and she is definitely one to remember.

Muhammed Z Mirza Posted 29 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is more than just a teacher but a mentor and a friend! At a time filled with college applications, AP exams and extracurricular activities, she made her classroom a place of welcome. As a teacher the lessons taught were never aimed solely at the next exam but towards a true understanding of the subject, because she knew the importance of the topic and made sure we knew as well. Even when we no longer had her in our schedule, she offered her help and gave us guidance in our high school career. If it wasn’t for her I do not think I would have made it so far in life, and that is why she should be recognized as life changer of the year!! Thank you for everything Mrs. Cocchia!

Tenzin Posted 29 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is a wonderful person and educator! I had the pleasure of taking her Algebra 2 class almost 7-8 years ago. She was patient and created a lovely learning environment. It was always a delight to stop and chat with her between classes. She is more than deserving of the Liferchanger of the Year Nomination. She definitely changed the lives of many students like me.

Tenzin Posted 29 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is a wonderful person and educator! I had the pleasure of taking her Algebra 2 class almost 7-8 years ago. She was patient and created a lovely learning environment. It was always a delight to stop and chat with her between classes. She is more than deserving of the Liferchanger of the Year Nomination. She definitely changed the lives of many students like me.

John Cymbaluk Posted 29 days ago

Few words can shed light on what a pleasure it is to have Stephanie in your life as an educator, mentor, or friend. She is always approachable and ready with a kind word or way to make you laugh. Stephanie Cocchia is a national treasure!

Abdel Hassan Posted 29 days ago

Mrs. Cocchia is the definition of dedication in and outside of the classroom. I had the privilege of having class with her when she first started at my high school, and honestly, I have to admit that I wish I had seen the value and commitment that she provided to us as her students earlier. The more I reflect on how she handled our class, from making sure that we all understood the material, to going out of her way to follow up with us and give us second chances for tardy/late work (which at the time I was a massive perpetrator of) was honestly innumerable. In the four years of high school, there was never another educator who truly carried this constant attitude towards all of their students. I haven’t been a student of Mrs. Cocchia since 6 years ago, but over these past six years I have heard nothing but acclaim and admiration for her and her techniques inside and outside of the classroom. Mrs. Cocchia is the definition of a diamond educator, and definitely changed my life and put me on a successful trajectory in life that I can only attribute to starting with being in that classroom 6 years ago.

Jon Posted 29 days ago

Mrs. Coochia is one of the best teachers that someone could ever ask for. Mrs. Cocchia makes teaching enjoyable and being in her class makes my day.

Taina Posted 29 days ago

Ms. Cocchia is definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had. She makes the best cookies and always makes me remake some of my missing work. She definitely is the Life changer of the year.

Danraj Gangaram Posted 29 days ago

It is not often that a teacher leaves a long lasting impact on your academic career AND keeps in contact with you throughout your journey. Mrs. Cocchia is one of the rare few that have not only done this with one student but a multitude of scholars. Her effective teaching style and caring personality both in and out of the classroom has driven many students to push themselves to greater goals. I would not have gotten to where I am today without her guidance and hospitality throughout my time in high school.

Dr Judith Glies Posted 29 days ago

Compassionate, caring, gifted teacher,intelligent, hard working, empathetic, warm, funny, good listener, creative and courageous are all words that describe my daughter, Stephanie Cocchia. She is truly a gifted teacher who consistently demonstrates how she cares for her students. Stephanie creates math lessons that challenge and engage her students. She provides fast feedback to them when they complete homework and tests. During the covid pandemic I could hear how she created a safe and inviting learning environment that challenged her students to excel. She’s the kind of math teacher that makes mathematicians out of all of her students. It’s hard to not like math in her class. Rarely do you see a teacher so dedicated in and out of the classroom; she’s there for her students way past the regular hours of school. She there after school, in the evening, on the weekends, during holidays and breaks. Stephanie is a master teacher, a true professional. She truly inspires every student to reach their dreams and possibilities.

Bianca Sims Posted 30 days ago

Mrs.Cocchia is truly the most helpful teacher I have ever had. She makes sure to accommodate every single one of her students to ensure they reach their full potential. Her organizational skills are unmatched, which allows her to create a classroom environment in which her students can thrive. She goes beyond her job requirements, setting her apart from other teachers.

Michael Colivas Posted 1 months ago

I've had the absolute pleasure of partnering with Stephanie to help her put together her international trips for her students. In the two years Stephanie and I have worked together, it is absolutely evident how much she cares for her students. She takes care of them as though she were their mother. On top of that, Stephanie's willingness to give as many students she teaches and beyond the opportunity to see the world with her is inspiring.

Ritika Gogna Posted 1 months ago

In life, there are very few teachers you get the opportunity of learning from who stick with you. These teachers teach you things that become fundamental to your approach life. I have found one of those few teachers to be Mrs. Cocchia, someone who has taught me to approach life with compassion and patience. The world runs if you choose to let it but it also walks if you choose to take a moment to stop and bask in it. Every class seems like I blur now that I am graduating in the next few weeks but Mrs. Cocchia's class holds distinct memories because it was in her class that everything slowed down until a solid understanding on materials was not gained. Whether it was through the innovative ways we learned lessons or the colorful notes she would handwrite on the board, there is so much Mrs. Cocchia has taught me in terms of Geometry and life that this comment would not sufficiently cover. However, what is evident to anyone and everyone who meets Mrs. Cocchia is that she is beyond deserving of the Lifechanger of the Year Award. She expresses a clear passion for her job even when it might seem like the most hectic at times, especially when her STEM trips to Europe with a select few students gets closer. Despite that, she is always present and her students are at the forefront of her mind, something I can guarantee as I have been on the receiving end of her kindness. Beyond that, she is always striving to learn new ways to help her students learn information, going out of her way and adding more to her already piled up plate so that her students have the best opportunities and advantages at their disposal. To say that Mrs. Cocchia is a Lifechanger of the Year is an understatement because she has helped more students in the last few years than others may have done in their entire life. Because of this, there is no other teacher or person who is more deserving of this award than Mrs. Cocchia, a teacher who is so patient with her students, passionate about her work, and knowledgeable beyond belief, all things I say because I have experienced them first-hand.

Matthew Marwah Posted 1 months ago

Where do I even start. Ms. Cocchia has been more than just a geometry and web design teacher at McNair High School; she has been a mentor and someone I can talk to about my day and make jokes to laugh about. Whenever I see her whether it's in the hallways or when I stop by her classroom to say good morning, she is always smiling. Her smile is contagious and I can tell whenever I see her talking to a student. She's recently taken me and a group of 30 students on a week-long trip to three different countries in Europe. She was amazing at handling everyone's needs and making sure everyone was feeling ok being in a foreign country. She was the mom of the group as well as a friend that everyone could laugh and even dance with. Ms. Cocchia is not only a great teacher, but a well rounded person, friend, and mentor.

Alvine Mokua Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is hands down the best teacher I have had the pleasure of having in high school. She is a treacher that you can really build a relationship with and always encourages academic integrity. Whether you want to talk about a show on netflix or need help with college and math she is always there to talk to. Passionate, honest, and just a real person, I cant imagine a teacher more desrving of this award.

Zia C Posted 1 months ago

Ms.Cocchia is one of the best teachers. She makes geometry fun and teaches in a way where we look forward to learning more. She is very dedicated and passionate.

Yam-Yu Li Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is truly a GEM and one of the best instructors I’ve ever met. She will go above and beyond and explore the different methods to deliver class material to her students, she cares deeply for each and everyone of her students. I am extremely thankful to her during my time at McNair when I was struggling to balance multiple leadership roles and Mrs. Cocchia was always there to support and encourage all that I do. She was a friend and a mentor.

Maithili Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is really helpful and patient, and she puts a lot of effort and care into teaching her students. I am really thankful that I got to have her as a teacher this year!

Pavan Amin Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teachers a student could ask for. Whether its going on STEM trips around the world with her students, advising student-run organizations, or holding office hours to help students, Mrs. Cocchia goes above and beyond to promote the well-being of her students. During the three years I spent with Mrs. Cocchia, she helped me launch my own club, guided me through the college admissions process, and would not let me leave the building until I understood every single Algebra II concept, thus contributing a large part towards the success I have had over the past few years. Mrs. Cocchia acts as a lovely mother figure away from home for many students and is a honest, genuine, and passionate human being that every student should have in the classroom.

Pavan Amin Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teachers a student could ask for. Whether its going on STEM trips around the world with her students, advising student-run organizations, or holding office hours to help students, Mrs. Cocchia goes above and beyond to promote the well-being of her students. During the three years I spent with Mrs. Cocchia, she helped me launch my own club, guided me through the college admissions process, and would not let me leave the building until I understood every single Algebra II concept, thus contributing a large part towards the success I have had over the past few years. Mrs. Cocchia acts as a lovely mother figure away from home for many students and is a honest, genuine, and passionate human being that every student should have in the classroom.

jolie Posted 1 months ago

she is a wonderful teacher and has helped me feel more confident in geometry :))

Ramesh Russell Posted 1 months ago

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Julia Smith Posted 1 months ago

Her can -do attitude rubs off on students around her!

Janae White Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is genuinely one of the sweetest, funniest, and caring teachers that I've ever had! Throughout virtual learning and to this day, she has always made sure that learning was engaging and insightful for everyone in class!

Janae White Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is genuinely one of the sweetest, funniest, and caring teachers that I've ever had! Throughout virtual learning and to this day, she has always made sure that learning was engaging and insightful for everyone in class!

Janae White Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is genuinely one of the sweetest, funniest, and caring teachers that I've ever had! Throughout virtual learning and to this day, she has always made sure that learning was engaging and insightful for everyone in class!

Shrestha Misra Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is an amazing teacher. She really goes the extra mile to help students who are struggling and to encourage them to keep persevering in their education. When I told an upperclassman I had her class, they said that by the end of the year, I would know that she's one of the best teachers I would ever have, and that held true.

Luisa Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia will forever not just be my favorite teacher because of all the ways she helped me and inspired me, but one of my favorite and most important women I know. Not only does she inspire students to reach for their goals and aid them with kindness and patience, she is always there for them. High school was the most challenging part of my life due to medical and emotional challenges, and it wasn’t until I had Mrs. Cocchia as a teacher for trigonometry that I finally felt excited to go to class and felt I had someone who listened to me,understood me, and was always motivating me. She was always there for me when she saw me at my weakest moments, and I will never be able to thank her enough. Everyone in my family knows I call her my second mom, and she will always be that for me. Her energy, charisma, intelligence, patience (too many amazing ways to describe her) exemplify the impact teachers can make on their students. She always made it known without words that she loved her job just by showing it in how she taught the class and the fun she would incorporate into lessons. Mrs. Cocchia deserves the very best in this world, I will forever be grateful for having her as my teacher and as a part of my life.

Antonio Infante Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie Cocchia is one of the most caring, dedicated, intelligent, and thoughtful people in the world. She is an amazing colleague, wonderful teacher, loyal friend, and loving family member. It is an honor and a privilege to know her. Her guidance has helped me to not only be a more effective mathematics instructor, but also a better person. I am eternally grateful for everything she has done for me.

Pavan Amin Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teachers a student can ask for. Not only does she act as a caring mother figure away from home, but goes above and beyond for her students in the classroom. Whether it’s through office hours, taking students on a STEM trip around the world, or acting as an advisor on student clubs, she makes unlimited time to promote the well-being of her students. I was fortunate to work with Mrs. Cocchia for three years in high school where she helped me launch a student-run organization, guided me throughout the college admissions process, and made sure I understood every Algebra II concept no matter how long it took. You will never find a more genuine, honest, helpful, and more caring/loving teacher than Mrs. Cocchia and it shows through her passion and character in the classroom everyday.

David Ruiz Posted 1 months ago

I was very nervous the first year at McNair Academic High school. One of my new teachers was Ms.Cocchia. She was the nicest and sweetest person. She made the class fee welcoming and I was able to enjoy the class. She taught the class very well and I really enjoyed her class. She would also treat us with baked goods whenever everyone in class did good on tests/quizzes. She motivated everyone to achieve above and beyond. I am very grateful to have her as one of my teachers.

Aashav Mehta Posted 1 months ago

I was there on Mrs. Cocchia’s first day teaching at McNair Academic in her Algebra 2/ Trigonometry class. What I didn’t know then was that I would have the best teacher i’ve ever had in that year, and again the following year in a Web Design course. It was her teaching style, her kindness, and desire to help students learn in and out of the classroom that changed the lives of not only my life but many other students. It was through my interactions and classes with her, as well as her strong recommendation that would would allowed me to pursue my degree at Carnegie Mellon University. She changed my view on education and I can only hope to leave a positive impact on even a fraction of the people she has. There is no doubt in my mind that there is no one else more deserving of this award. To Mrs. Cocchia: thank you for doing what you do!

Steven Dominguez Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the greatest teachers that I have had the opportunity and privilege of getting and education from. She has a reputation for always pushing her students and going above and beyond. Unlike most teachers Mrs. Cocchia also values her relationships with students and is able to relate and form a connection that is unforgettable. I will forever be grateful for Mrs Cocchia!

Daniel Lin Posted 1 months ago

I only had Mrs. Cocchia for one year during freshman year and as you know, some high school teachers would just forget about you the next few years but even as a senior she has that same bubbly personality and says hi to me and even it’s just a simple hey or nod it can brighten a students day.

Chibuikem Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teacher I’ve ever had. She very nice and fair to all her students. Mrs. Cocchia not only makes us better students but better people every class. One of the many things I love about Mrs.Cocchia is how she allows her students to be creative in class and encourage us when we don’t understand hard topics. All in all, I believe I’m very lucky to have been one of Mrs. Cocchia’s many students and that all of her others will agree.

Nauman Saqib Posted 1 months ago

She’s the best teacher in the entire school. I was down a bad path, I didn’t like doing my homework but Ms.Cocchia changed that. She helped me straighten myself up and start focusing on my grades. Without her I don’t think I would be able to pass.

Paul Dimaano Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia was one of the best teachers I had throughout my whole high school experience. She helped me so much in academics as well as life advice. She helps and makes sure her students do the best they can.

Krish shah Posted 1 months ago

In all seriousness, she is one of the best people I have ever met. She is kind, caring, and always supports you. I truly can’t think of anyone that deserves this award more than her

Corey Yang Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia was the warmest class I had in all of high school. I remember eating cookies that she personally baked after scoring well on tests.

Srimathi Vadivel Posted 1 months ago

I am a really lucky student to have Ms. Cocchia. She's organized, teaches very well, and really makes sure each and every student understands the material and has fun while learning. She has always made time available to help[ me and his been flexible with me as a student. She's made me really interested in web design and her teaching style is something that has worked for me.

Beter Saad Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is the best teacher, mother, and loving character to exist.

Francisco Posted 1 months ago

Ms.Cocchia is extremely passionate and one of the most considerate teachers I know. I always love taking her class; she knows how to make the class fun while providing us an education that extends beyond the classroom.

Sebastien Ehrenfeld Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is one of the best teachers i’ve ever had. She is always open to helping any student who needs help and is very compassionate about her job. Whenever I have her class for web design it is a joy to walk in and learn.

Joshua Bulaclac Posted 1 months ago

I have been a student of Mrs. Stephanie Cocchia and in all honesty there’s only one way to describe her. She’s that one teacher that everyone MUST have. Her dedication to the craft of education is not simply feeding random numbers to students, rather she takes her time educating students with useful information that she KNOWS will be useful and on top of that teach us what’s really out there in the world.

Krish shah Posted 1 months ago

You are the goat of teaching, and give great opportunities for use to hone our skills in class by giving enough time on things like projects and making them due Sunday. :)

Koen Santos Posted 1 months ago

Ms Cocchia is one of the only teachers that are genuinely passionate and amazing teachers in McNair. She is one of the hardest workers in the school. She has headed several fun and engaging trips to Europe and has made Geometry and Web Design interesting to learn. Ms Cocchia is an inspiration to us all, and her hard work as a teacher made me want to learn and work as hard as her.

Ekansha Tabhane Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is a hardworking teacher who takes time out for her students and gives each of them opportunities to do better in her class. She is a kind and caring teacher who always makes sure to help her students do their best.

Aanya Singh Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is my ideal teacher. Just as I met her on my first day of school, I knew that she'd instantly be my favorite teacher. She always puts in so much effort to make sure all her students succeed, and she deserves all the recognition in the world for that. Even though she goes through so much every day, she always puts the most effort to make sure her students are happy, healthy, and succeeding in life. She's the best teacher I could ever ask for!

Carcir Posted 1 months ago

BEST TEACHER I HAVE EVER HAD, SHE DOES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE HER STUDENTS ARE HEALTHY AND SUCCEED IN ALL THEIR CLASSES.

Koushal Gunda Posted 1 months ago

I was a freshmen and I had the luck of having Mrs. Cocchia as a teacher in McNair High School. She always makes her students work hard and she always encourages her students. She takes time to explain unknown concepts to students. Mrs. Cocchia is very dedicated and she always helps her students.

Deborah Daka Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is simply amazing she has a pure heart of gold ! Her work ethic , smile and care for individuals truly mark her as a life changer!

Rosalia Coppola Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie Cocchia is an amazing mom teacher and friend, she's beautiful inside and out... Very kind and thoughtful Everyone loves her! She really is the best!!!

Ava Posted 1 months ago

ms Cocchia is a great teacher and makes geometry class enjoyable!

Joseph cavallaro Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is wonderful person and so much more then just a teacher, To me she was a teacher of life experience. Mrs. Cocchia was always a inspiration and a wealth of knowledge. Throughout my years in knowing Mrs. Cocchia she definitely had a positive and lasting impact on my life. This nomination would be well deserved for Mrs Cocchia.

Tara Pathak Posted 1 months ago

Mrs Cocchia is one of the most passionate, dedicated, and impactful teachers I've had! Not only is she an incredible teacher who makes sure that her students fully understand the concepts in the curriculum, but it is also clear to anyone who meets her that she is extremely passionate about teaching and about her students. Mrs Cocchia is also just a wonderful and kind person and it is clear that she cares a lot about her students. I got lucky enough to go on one of the international trips with her and her organization and dedication in making everything possible just highlights how amazing of a teacher she is, and the trip was a great experience. I can't think of anyone more fit for this award!

Eric Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie, thank you so much for making me your friend and placing me within your circle. Knowing the good that you chose to see in me is very much encouraging but also motivating to follow the example of friendship that you model. God bless you, my friend.

Eric Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie, thank you so much for making me your friend and placing me within your circle. Knowing the good that you chose to see in me is very much encouraging but also motivating to follow the example of friendship that you model. God bless you, my friend.

Arleny Nunez Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia was one of the best teachers I’ve had throughout my high school years. She was always so kind and understanding. She creates a positive environment for all her students and welcomes everyone into her classroom. She always offered her time and made class easy to follow as well as fun.

Jolya Posted 1 months ago

Mrs.Cocchia's an awesome teacher. She makes sure that we all have the resources needed to understand the material and she explains things really well. She's very kind-hearted and funny aswell!

Ayush Patel Posted 1 months ago

I had Ms. Cocchia in the 2019-2020 school year as a Geometry teacher and I have no doubt that she was one of the best teachers I have ever had in my life. She was extremely well organized and extremely coordinated with every lesson, pushing her students further and further while being lenient with her assignments and teaching in an easily understandable way. She always found a way to make sure her students were learning, even when the Pandemic struck in March. One of the most notable memories that I have of Ms. Cocchia was when i had done poorly on a test and she stepped aside to talk to me. She urged me to do better and explained the content piece by piece to fill in the knowledge in my gaps. I credit her for putting me back on track in my education and making sure I had some level of organization in my freshman year.

Jada Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teachers ever !

Jake Cordon Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia truly dedicates herself to her work as a teacher. She has been kind and understanding to my peers and I. She has spent countless hours reviewing our work and providing advice on how to improve our study methods. She is truly the best and I am very fortunate to have had her as a teacher during my sophomore year for geometry.

Zahra Khadir Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia has made a great difference in my education career, from when I first entered her classroom in freshman year to now leaving in senior year, she has been the most supportive, uplifting, and thoughtful educator I have had. She has always made it her goal to educate well, opening up her day to office hours and making sure to foster an engaging and interactive classroom. Ms. Cocchia has supported not only me but all of her students to continue in their educational path and pursue their goals. I am truly thankful for all she does and that I got to have her as a teacher.

Zahra Khadir Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia has made a great difference in my education career, from when I first entered her classroom in freshman year to now leaving in senior year, she has been the most supportive, uplifting, and thoughtful educator I have had. She has always made it her goal to educate well, opening up her day to office hours and making sure to foster an engaging and interactive classroom. Ms. Cocchia has supported not only me but all of her students to continue in their educational path and pursue their goals. I am truly thankful for all she does and that I got to have her as a teacher.

Rhea Rijhwani Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is an amazing and dedicated teacher to her students. She goes above and beyond to assist her students to help them succeed. I am extremely grateful to have had her as a teacher this year. Mrs. Cocchia is truly an incredible and hardworking teacher!

Yousef Kassem Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most inspirational teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of having. She’s acted as a personal role model for me and has helped cement the fact I want to one day be able to teach like her. She always makes herself available to all her students, making sure none of them are left lost or confused and really goes the extra mile to ensure that no one feels like they have to catch up entirely on their own. But she has always been more than just a teacher to her students, myself included. The amount of consideration she shows to everyone is just such a rare sight to see, she’s always willing to offer such amazing life advice or just listen to our problems. The impact this has had is difficult to put into words. But it’s still something so worth of acknowledgement, because when you feel like you have no one to turn to too or no one you can trust enough to open up to it creates such a mental burden that really can begin to tear you apart. Mrs. Cocchia has made sure none of her students feel like they are alone, she always is quick to notice changes in them and offers herself as a shoulder to lean on when we need it. And never in my life have I seen someone as accommodating as her. She is truly worth all of the praise she receives, because what makes her such a great teacher is the fact that she has never been just a teacher to me or any of her students, she’s been someone we can count on, someone we can talk to, and someone who was willing to care when no one else seemed to.

Lauren Filipek Posted 1 months ago

I have known Stephanie for more than 20 years and can say without reservation that she richly deserves Recognition is game changer of the year. Whatever Stephanie does, she throws her whole self into with unparalleled energy and enthusiasm! As a fellow educator, it was a pleasure to witness her journey towards becoming a teaching professional.I have seen her passion for and dedication to making a difference in the life of her students. In addition, she is one of the finest human beings I have had the pleasure to know. I am in awe of you Stephanie and I wish you the best in this latest endeavor. Lauren

Tom McGee Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie Cocchia is a dedicated education professional. I wish I had her as a teacher when I was younger!

Julia Kozuch Posted 1 months ago

I am so grateful to have Mrs. Cocchia as my teacher! She is an amazing teacher, and such a kind and understanding person. Mrs. Cocchia always does everything she can to make sure that her students understand what they are learning. She dedicates so much of her time and effort to helping her students. She always wants what is best for all of her students. She wants us to succeed in everything we do. Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teacher I have ever had. I hope that I will have Mrs. Cocchia as a teacher next year as well. She very much deserves this award!

Michael Maglori Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the best teachers in the entire school. She is really kind and understanding, she is funny, and made a boring topic for me (math, no offense) into a pretty fun class, where we can still learn while having fun too. She deserves this!

Michael McGee Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most genuinely kind people you will ever meet. She is my aunt and coincidentally I live in the neighborhood she teaches in. Outside of being a great aunt, she is a great friend snd likes to say hello and walk with me while I take my dogs out around lunch time. She is always asking about my day and how everything in my life is going. I am lucky to have such a kind hearted and loving person in my life.

Miguel Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is the best teacher ever. She has changed many lives with her dedication to the students and strong values system!

Tom McGee Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie Cocchia is a dedicated education professional. I wish I had her as a teacher when I was younger!

Randall Proulx Posted 1 months ago

Stephanie is an amazing person, mother, aunt and teacher. She puts a lot of energy into her job and makes sure the kids have a bright future. I wish I had a teacher like her growing up. She’s a huge role model.

Sam Posted 1 months ago

Ms Cocchia is goated at the beginning of the years national placement test I was in the 86th percentile and now I'm in the 99th so there's scientific evidence she is the best teacher.

Lola lam Posted 1 months ago

Ms Cocchia is probably one of the best math teachers I've had to date. I came into her class knowing next to nothing in the previous level of math (thanks zoom school), but she was patient, kind, and helped me learn what I didn't know. I am so grateful that I got to be one of her students, and hope that she will continue to be recognised as the wonderful teacher and mentor that she is.

Arjun Krishnakumar Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is the best math teacher I have ever had. She has a very good teaching style, and explains all the geometry topics in detail to her students. We have a lot of fun in her class, and enjoy showing up everyday.

Neev Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is one of the best teachers I've ever had. She's a great teacher and if anything exceeds her job as a teacher. I wish I would be able to have her for every single math-based class I'll have!

Arjun Krishnakumar Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is the best math teacher I have ever had. She has a very good teaching style, and explains all the geometry topics in detail to her students. We have a lot of fun in her class, and enjoy showing up everyday.

Aditi Tiwari Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia was one of the most dedicated teachers I had. She was very informative, interactive, and willing to lend a hand. She was always prompt with grading and willing to hear about any problems her students had. She’s truly the best!

Youssef Posted 1 months ago

Ms.Cocchia has the best cookies ever. She has a very good sense of humor and has a great teaching style, which includes hands-on activities and provides a plethora of notes to help her students study. She has a great relationship with her students and even brings them to other countries to explore other cultures. She is THE BEST teacher I've ever had, and I'm so glad she got nominated!!

Jacob Posted 1 months ago

Thanks for the Rec letter!

Rebecca Pliskin Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is one of the only teachers I have ever seen really go the extra mile for her students. I was lucky enough to have had her as a Geometry teacher last year and her class was on a short list of maybe two classes that I felt truly engaged in-- in light of virtual learning. She was creative in how she led her class despite the obvious disadvantages of virtual learning and was constantly asking herself how she could better her students' experiences in her class. She knew everyone by name, voice and personality despite her vast class sizes in a time where most teachers would rely on the shortcut of having people's names plastered across their profile pictures in zoom meetings.

Leah Chas Posted 1 months ago

I had Ms. Cocchia as a teacher during my freshman year in high school (2019-2020). During a time that was totally new and sometimes scary, Ms. Cocchia was always a kind and comforting figure. As someone who doesn't usually take to the STEM feild easily I say say that Ms. Cocchia made math fun, engaging, and informative everyday. Her class was rigirous but never overwhelming and there were many oppotunites to get extra help if needed. Her caring personality and comprehensive lessons make her a wonderful teacher.

Eshaan Sharma Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia's key attributes come in her ability to balance her role as a teacher and as a human being perfectly. Alongside being a passionate teacher who makes sure all her students feel comfortable, she is a great human being who would always be by one's side. Thank you for your guidance Ms. Cocchia!

Milo Ferrara Posted 1 months ago

I was so lucky to have Ms. Cocchia as a teacher. I had her in the 2019-2020 school year and she was one of the kindest, most considerate teacher I had. She always made her time available to students and made sure everyone understood what she was teaching. And then when the pandemic hit and school closed, Ms. Cocchia quickly adapted. Where most teachers assigned busy work, she gave us assignments that helped us finish the year with a great education in geometry. She always offered her time if anyone was confused about work and continued to be incredibly considerate, responsive, and all-around wonderful.

Sai Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most dedicated and passionate teachers I have had at McNair High School. She works hard for her students everyday and puts in the work to make sure her students succeed.

Raj Patel Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is a teacher that always pushes students to be the best that they can be. She always goes beyond what is expected of teachers, and spends a lot of hours helping students.

Sundoes Elbery Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia has been the best thing that has happened in my teaching career! She is a phenomenal person and teacher and is selfless in everything she does. She is a ball of energy that is so contagious and I’m so happy to have her as a coworker and friend! This is well deserved!

Krishna Doodnauth Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is more than just an educator as she uses her experience and personality to make learning more interesting and understandable.

Arleen Dhah Posted 1 months ago

Ms. Cocchia is one of the best teachers you can get to teach you. She is very passionate and has a great personality. She is very understanding and makes sure you feel comfortable in her classroom. She stays organized and focused but takes time to have fun with her students. She also inspires her students by taking groups of students on tours around the world and allows her students to explore the world and gain experience in the STEM field. Ms. Cocchia is very knowledgeable and always is ready to share her experiences in life whether in college or her jobs. Ms. Cocchia very much deserves this award as she is outstanding in every aspect.

Engy Masoud Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Cocchia is one of the most resourceful and organized teachers a student can wish for. While other classes have you scrolling through months of the curriculum, Mrs. Cocchia has every assignment labeled and organized. She is always prepared and ready to teach with a bright personality. Even with the district restrictions, she finds different ways to help us learn.

Kimberly Rojas Posted 1 months ago

Ms.Cocchia is one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. She helps people from the kindness of her heart and never asks for anything im return. She treats her students as if they were her own, and she goes above and beyond to make sure that her students are receiving the best education. I can’t think of anyone who is better fit to win this award!

Teresa Murro Posted 1 months ago

You're the best!!! ??

Christine Cocchia Posted 1 months ago

My mom is a stellar parent as well as educator! She has always provided my sister and I with good examples of positive life values, the guidance to persevere, and the education necessary to live a well balanced and fulfilling life!