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Joan Cooper retirement caravan

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May 23, 2020

Pat Doody

Many of the cars in the caravan were decorated with signs and balloons.

The Tehachapi Association of Teachers found a unique way to honor their president Joan Cooper on May 14. Cooper has served as president of the TAT for 24 years. The teachers arranged a car parade that formed at Kmart and drove down F Street to the TAT office on Mill Street. Although not quite the surprise they planned it to be, Cooper, accompanied by Emily Van Andel, Val Bowman and others greeted the well-wishers as they drove by. They all continued to UNeek Findz to sign a quilt created by teacher Julie Heaslet, wife of the business owner.

Nick Smirnoff (NPPA)

Retiring TAT President Joan Cooper reacts as over two dozen cars filled with well-wishers drove past her at the TAT parking lot in honor of her retirement. Joan had a crescendo of blowing horns, presentation of gifts and a genuine outpouring of love.


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