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Education educator

Barbara Cooper Decker, American education educator.


Decker, Barbara Cooper was born on January 29, 1935 in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Daughter of Eugene Nataly and Lola Dell (Mead) Berato.


Bachelor of Science in Education, University Arkansas, 1968. Master of Education, University Arkansas, 1970. Doctor of Education, University Arkansas, 1973.


5th grade teacher, Huntsville (Alabama) Public Schools, 1967-1969;education director child study center, U. Arkansas, Little Rock, 1973-1977;assistant professor, U. Center Ark, Conway, 1977-1979;assistant professor, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, 1979-1982;associate professor, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, 1982-1987;professor, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, 1987-1994;assistant dean, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, 1991-1994;dean School Edition and Behavioral Sciences, director teacher education, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, since 1994. Independent educational consultant, 1973-1994. Owner The Reading Center, Inc., Shreveport, 1981-1984.

Private practice as clinical reading specialist, Shreveport, 1984-1994.


Treasurer Oklahoma Association Colleges of Teacher Education, 1994-1995, president-elect, 1996-1997, president, 1997-1998. Vice president Red River Arts Council, 1996. Member American Association College Teacher Education, Louisiana Reading Association (named College Teacher of Year 1986, 88, president 1979), Louisiana College Teacher Reading (president 1980), Phi Delta Kappa (president 1985-1986), Kappa Delta Pi (president 1987-1988), Pi Delta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, teaching adult church classes, walking, travel, growing roses.


Married Willis McLain Cooper, December 19, 1952 (divorced May 1973). Children: Kathryn Cooper Van Gilder, Michael Eugene. Married David Weston Cooper, July 27, 1979.

Eugene Nataly Berato

Lola Dell (Mead) Berato

Willis McLain Cooper

David Weston Cooper

Kathryn Cooper Van Gilder Decker

Michael Eugene Decker