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Meet Kory Moore, Larkspur Elementary School

LARKSPUR – Kory Moore is well-versed in all things elementary. Now well into his second decade as an elementary educator, he brings teaching and administrative experience to his new role as principal at Larkspur Elementary School.
Moore’s desire to pursue a career in education stemmed from the example set by his seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher. “Mr. Ziemer demonstrated for me the positive impact that a good teacher can have on students,” Moore remembers.  “Mr. Ziemer took time to get to know each of his students and to encourage them to be their best. After two years in his class, I had no doubt that I wanted to become a teacher.”

10 facts about Kory Moore

  1. What do you enjoy most about your job as a principal?
    The thing that I enjoy most about my job as a principal is by far the students. Having a job that allows for me to have a positive impact on kids is amazing. Connecting with kids throughout the building each day is something that makes this the best job in the world.
  2. What was your first job?
    T-Ball coach where I spent the majority of the season teaching my kids not to run to third base after hitting the ball.
  3. If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?
    If I could pursue any career and had the talent for it, I would be a professional baseball player.
  4. Advice for a college graduate entering field of teaching:
    Love your job and be passionate about it, it is truly a special calling.
  5. Who inspires you?
    My father, Ken, is an amazing leader and someone who I look up to.
  6. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
    I would love to wake up and have the ability to fly. It would be so much fun to fly to work each day.
  7. What was your favorite subject in high school?
    My favorite class in high school was any history class that I was able to take.  I really enjoyed learning about everything that has combined to shape our world.  
  8. What was your first car? 
    My first car was a 1987 Ford Taurus Wagon.  It wasn't the coolest car in the world but it was mine!
  9. Are you a cat or dog person?
    Definitely a dog person.
  10. Favorite Colorado getaway?
    Steamboat Springs

After earning a bachelors degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN, Moore attended Walden University and graduated with a masters degree in elementary literacy. Moore also received a degree in administrative leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Moore arrived in Douglas County after teaching third grade in Jefferson County for two years. He spent five years teaching sixth grade at both Legacy Point and Mammoth Heights elementary schools.
In 2006, Moore accepted the position of assistant principal at Copper Mesa Elementary School, where he served for three years, before becoming the assistant principal at Wildcat Mountain Elementary School.
“Having the opportunity to connect with my students and to see them take ownership over their learning were experiences that made teaching so rewarding,” reflected Moore.
“In the classroom I had a positive impact on 28 students each year. I wanted the opportunity to widen my positive impact on kids, and that is why I made the jump to administration,” he continued. “I am now thoroughly enjoying my first year as principal at Larkspur Elementary School.”
One unique aspect of the environment at Larkspur Elementary that Moore particularly enjoys is the outdoor learning model. He is eager to share his enthusiasm for the learning potential provided by the natural surroundings.
“If you were to visit Larkspur Elementary on an average day, you would find students, from kindergarten to sixth grade, taking their learning outside. Incorporating learning into the context of our environment means that the standards in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies are all being met with an outdoor tie-in,” explained Moore. “Inquiry-based learning outdoors is a hands-on way to approach learning and through this model, our students' needs are being met each day.”
Moore knows that the learning environment is just one aspect of providing all students with avenues for success. “It has been a rewarding experience for me to see teachers expand possibilities with their instruction.  At Larkspur, we are constantly working towards meeting the learning needs of our 21st century learners, and to see teachers work towards this goal is incredibly rewarding.”

November 5, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Larkspur Elementary School, Elementary Education, Schools

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