CUSD Spotlight on Jennifer Moore, 7 Things You Didn't Know About Coronado High School's Principal

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CUSD Spotlight on Jennifer Moore, 7 Things You Didn't Know About Coronado High School's Principal

Jennifer Moore is looking forward to starting another year (her fourth) as Principal at Coronado High School. She actually has quite a history with the district—after college and working for Teach for America in Washington, D.C. and Kenya, Moore moved back to California where she taught seventh-grade humanities and creative writing at Coronado Middle School for three years.

 

Although her years at Teach for America were tough, she knew she was in the right profession and continued on with her own education, getting an administrative credential from SDSU and then a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from UCSD. Moore transferred to CHS and taught English for a few years before becoming Assistant Principal in 2007, the same year current Superintendent Karl Mueller became principal.

 

She’s looking forward to having Mueller as a teammate and mentor again, and has a lot in store for the Islanders this year.



1. What does your typical day look like?

The best typical day includes time with students and teachers in classrooms, on the quad at lunch and break, and watching and cheering Islanders on in extracurricular after hours, on stage, on fields and courts, or preparing for art shows or robotics competitions. I spend a fair amount of time meeting with parents, students, and staff members in a supportive role, helping solve problems or providing guidance. I respond to emails and make plans for upcoming events and initiatives and eat lunch with students and colleagues on our quad every day.


2. What subject was your favorite when you were in school?

This one is hard to answer, because I became a teacher because I had SO MANY teachers and mentors whom I loved, and whose subjects I loved. I became a history major, but really loved English, sciences, history, and art…


3. What inspired you to work in education?

I am the big sister of four younger siblings, and I realized as I was writing my college admission essay that being “big sister” was a role I both enjoyed and felt exploited my best qualities. I think being a teacher was the best fit for me to combine my love of being a counselor, guide, sharer of information, and mentor.


4.What do you like best about your job?

The students. High school students are SO smart, funny, creative, and optimistic. I am inspired every day by their energy, and am proud of opportunities I have to help them through struggles, and help them feel proud, excited, and believe in who they are. 

My colleagues.  We have incredibly talented, dedicated, and passionate teachers and support staff at CHS, and in my role I appreciate opportunities to find best fits for adults on campus to maximize their strengths and feel pride in their influence on our students.

5. What are some of the challenges that face your students?

Pressure, both real and perceived is the greatest challenge. “Society,” including media, can suggest to students that everything is difficult, including getting into college and finding a job. Our goal is to validate students’ strengths and provide perspective. Depression and anxiety are parts of the global mental health challenges that affect our students’ ability to be successful in school. I’m proud to say that we have robust counseling supports in place, and that the close relationships staff members from receptionist to security guard to coach to teacher all assist in keeping eyes and ears out to notice and intervene when our students struggle.


6.What goals do you have for this school year?

This year we are celebrating inclusion of students in all our academic programs, as well as continuing to work on matching our resources and programs to students’ needs. We strive for each student to find his/her home away from home at CHS.


7.What’s your favorite thing about fall and the back-to-school season?

Homecoming festivities and traditions, which are strong in our Islander community, and involve so many local alumni and community members. I also love fall because it’s “new year” at a school—fresh beginnings and lots of promise.