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GeoMentor Spotlight

Learn more about our volunteers and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms. Read about our currently featured member of the community or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

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April 2019 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Dave Cooper; Planning GIS Tech -  Columbus, GA


Position: Planning GIS Tech - Columbus Consolidated Government

What was your favorite class in K-12? Science and Social Studies were my favorite classes.

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I started out as a graphic designer and was introduced to GIS by my supervisor. I fell in love with it and never looked back. It has been a wonderful career.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): I love exploring the work of other cartographers and collecting old maps. It’s more than a hobby, it’s a passion.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I work with the kids at church and love sharing my experience with them. It’s amazing when you get one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments, when you see their faces light up in discovery. I wanted to share my love of geography with them as well. That was how I got involved with geomentoring, just a desire to share the thing I love with a new generation.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I enjoy working with anyone who has an interest in learning about GIS and its many forms - young professionals, kids, anyone who wants to have fun and learn about GIS.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Are you kidding? One sentence? Hmmm….If you can imagine it you can map it, let your mind take you to far off places and then make a map of it!

Email address:

Websites: Zoning Map for the CCG Planning Department; Hidden Gems of Columbus Georgia 

Twitter: @DavidCooper5


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