Jennifer Moore

Third grade, Gordon Achievement Academy, Shelby County Schools

Jennifer Moore expects great things from her third-grade students.

“My students know that no matter what their current academic or social level may be, I require them to exceed beyond the norm.”

Although third-graders might seem young, Ms. Moore explains that holding students to high standards and teaching them about things that are relevant to their lives at a young age prepares them for a future even beyond high school.

“As an educator, I am responsible for motivating the students and making learning relevant to their lives,” She says, “This, in turn, helps students determine a career path in life. I am passionate about helping students grow both academically and socially by tailoring their attitudes toward learning, developing both short- and long-term educational needs and goals, and giving students daily success.”

For her self-contained third-grade class this means excellence in all subject areas: reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Each subject, in her view, serves as “building blocks” that move students forward in life toward success.

And for Ms. Moore, that’s the crux of what education is about – succeeding in school, in career, and in life.

“Education is the soul of success. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’”

Bio: Jennifer Moore has been an educator for 20 years. She is a 2016-17 Tennessee Educator Fellow. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to jazz, and reading. Find her on Twitter at @JenniferDMoore.

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