Marquis Cooper, Sr. is an award winning educator, Professional School Counselor in the Pulaski County Special School District, and the Executive Director of 12welve(www.12welve.ning.com). This is a community based organization that was established to provide youth and parents with thought provoking seminars, workshops, and youth leadership conferences to help alleviate some of the problems that communities encounter on a day to day basis. Marquis is a nationally renowned motivational speaker, and author of two books. His first book Guidance –N- Action (www.guidancenaction.com) was written to help counselors and educators change the culture and climate of public schools by “bridging the gap” while “removing the cap” of limitations between the children that are celebrated and those that are tolerated.
Over the past 14 years he has served as an advocate for children of all capacities from the elementary, middle, high school, and even in the juvenile justice arena. Marquis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Philander Smith College, a Master’s degree in counseling from UALR, and currently is working on his Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate, while finishing his doctorate degree in Education Administration at UALR. He is a native of Marianna, AR and is the youngest of 22 children in his family. Marquis is the proud father of two loving children, Marquis Jr. and Cobie Cooper.
He has coined the quote, “If you leave and grow, you can come back and plant.” He continues to plant seeds of success and change by helping others to understand that your current circumstance does not dictate your future.