Moore named TCS Principal of the Year
Principals tend to get a little nervous when the new superintendent gives them a call at home.
Thomasville Primary School Principal Angela Moore was still on maternity leave when new superintendent Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin gave her a call last month.
"When I got to the phone I was thinking 'what have I done wrong,'" Moore said.
Pitre-Martin's call was more for what Moore is doing right, as Thomasville City Schools named her its 2013-14 Principal of the Year.
"I called her to share the news," said Pitre-Martin. "She was quite concerned because she didn't know what the call was all about. When she heard I would be calling at 2 p.m. she picked up on the first ring and said 'is everything OK?' When she heard of the honor she was quite pleased."
Nearing the midway point of her third year at the helm of TPS, a school with more 900 students, Moore is forging a reputation as a motivated leader who goes the extra mile for her staff.
"It's very exciting and very unexpected," Moore said of the award. "I just enjoy being able to see the kids grow and learn, and also help and support teachers to get to where they need to be to instruct their students."
TPS is becoming a technology innovator in the school system. Teachers provide more technology in their classrooms every year, with a focus on making sure students stay on par with ever-changing state standards.
"I think some of the challenges that Dr. Martin has helped us with is making sure we're teaching to the state standards," said Moore. "I think that will have the biggest impact on us moving forward. We're really looking at Common Core and making sure we're teaching to standards."
Pitre-Martin commends Moore for creating a inviting atmosphere to parents, students and staff.
"Mrs. Moore really works hard to monitor instruction in her school," Pitre-Martin said. "She has one of the largest schools in the system with over 900 students. She works really hard to manage a campus where the facility is welcoming to students and family, and that's hard to do sometimes on such a large campus."
Moore is eligible for regional principal of the year honors. She is working on her doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while also raising her baby girl, A'Riah.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578l, or firstname.lastname@example.org.