Gopie was born and raised in Waterbury where she graduated from Kennedy High School. She earned her BS degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut, her teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University, Masters of Science in Education from the University of Bridgeport and her Educational Leadership degree from Sacred Heart University.
Gopie has been involved in the field of education for twenty years. She has taught at the Enlightenment Alternative Program and Wilby High School. As an Advanced Placement biology teacher, Gopie helped increase the number of minority students who received qualifying scores on the Advanced Placement exam, which earned them college credits. Her work exemplified that of an effective instructor, which earned her recognition by the National Math and Science Initiative and by the College Board. She appeared in the Exxon Mobile National Math and Science Initiative television advertising campaign, which promotes AP enrollment among minority students. Gopie filmed three television commercials, which aired on every major network television station and the Internet. Her print image was used at several major science conventions and was the face of the National Math and Science Initiative’s print periodicals. Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being.
Gopie has held numerous leadership roles on school-wide and district curriculum committees and has been involved with and chaired a number of committees throughout her career. She developed and implemented the first vertical team collaboration model between middle and high school science teachers.
Gopie was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Crosby High School and in 2014 was promoted to Principal. She has served in various coordinator roles, led technology initiatives, facilitated character education programs and has played a critical role in many aspects of educational reform and professional development within Crosby High School. Gopie aggressively advocates for her students and continuously looks to develop and implement educational programming to ensure her students are receiving equitable access to resources as well as educational and enrichment opportunities.
As the leader of Crosby, Gopie’s vision is to ensure that every student is receiving a rigorous, engaging and quality learning experience. At Crosby the focus is to ensure that each and every student is on a purposeful journey towards their college and career aspirations; establishing lifelong relationships with their peers and teachers and are prepared with 21st Century skills to be productive members of their communities. Her motto is “Every student, every day, a success!” Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community and a supportive family.
Gopie is a member of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Incorporated, Waterbury Chapter of the LINKS, Incorporated and a host of other social and civic organizations. She resides in Waterbury with her husband and three children.