Six Questions with Mrs. Cook


1. What do you teach at ILS/what is your role at ILS?

I moved to Virginia in 1940, when I was in first grade and have been a part of the Immanuel community ever since – almost 75 years.

I am a member of Immanuel Church, and School Board member for many years. I taught at ILS for 23 years and in retirement welcomed children to school each morning, with my husband, Carl. I still enjoy my “driveway duty” each Wednesday.

2. What does classical education mean to you?

For me, classical education is a revival of the good ‘ole days of teaching school. I love the memorization. My own children, who attended ILS, can still sing, from memory, six and seven stanza hymns.

3. What is your favorite thing about ILS?

(with a huge smile on her face)

Without a doubt, the children!

4. Who was one teacher who inspired you?

My Aunt Morella Mensing taught for more than 50 years at Concordia Teachers College, River Forest (now Concordia Chicago) helping train future teachers. She would give me all her books, and I would “play” teacher. She was a true inspiration.

5. What is your favorite book? (What book has most inspired you?)

Some of the books I’ve recently read include:

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, by George Will

The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era, by Timothy Goeglein

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, by Charles Krauthammer

6. Please share one thing families wouldn't already know about you.

I have 6 grand children. My oldest grandchild is a highschool English Teacher.

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Donna Williams Chang on April 23rd, 2015 at 4:18pm

Mrs. Cook was my 2nd grade teacher around 1970. I have wonderful memories of her and she was a great teacher.