Mrs. Kopala attended college at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006 with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in History. In 2005, she was inducted into the Alpha Chi History Honor Society and in 2006 both the Pi Lambda Theta Educational Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society. She was hired by the North Adams Public Schools as a history teacher in September 2006.
In 2010, she earned her Master's Degree in Education from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Reading Strategies and wrote her thesis on Classroom Management. She then continued her education in 2012 by attending the University of New England's Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Program where she was awarded her CAGs in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies.
Besides teaching history at Drury, Mrs. Kopala has held several leadership roles in the North Adams Public Schools. She served as a Keys to Literacy coach, was the Co-Chair of the NEASC re-accreditation committee between 2013-2014, was the facilitator of the district's K-12 Social Studies Curriculum and Assessment Committee from 2009-2013, as well as the district's K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and the North Adams Teacher's Association Co-Chair from 2013-2017. In addition to her work in the North Adams Public Schools, Mrs. Kopala is an AP Reader, a position she was appointed to by the College Board in 2015. In this role, she works with AP teachers across the globe to annually score the AP World History essays. In May 2016, Mrs. Kopala was the recipient of the Berkshire County Education Recognition Award (7-12).
Mrs. Kopala is currently Drury's Director of Curriculum & Instruction, the Humanities Team Leader, and also teaches two sections of AP World History. She holds a professional teaching license in the area of History (5-8) and (8-12), an initial administration licence as a Supervisor/Director, and is considered a highly qualified teacher through the Massachusetts Departments of Secondary and Elementary Education. In 2016 she earned her SEI Endorsement.