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Home and school cooking are both carried out with love

“I cook with love both at home and school,” Sally Cooper explained, when asked how she managed cooking daily in two different locations. She is a member of the cafeteria staff at Achilles Elementary School until around 1:30 p.m. five days a week, and then prepares the evening meal for her husband seven days a week.

Sally is a native of the Philippines who met her husband, Jackie, when he was a Marine stationed there. She grew up watching her father cook. “He was a better cook than my mom. That’s how I learned to cook and still practice what I originally learned. I didn’t go to any cooking school. I cook by instinct and it always comes out good.”

The Cooper family has resided in Gloucester since 1995; Sally has spent many years sharing her knowledge with two school cafeterias. She stresses the importance of good seasoning. “I know how to combine spices and I use them in my cooking as well as school cooking.” She was at Abingdon Elementar...

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