School: Overland Trail Elementary School
School District: Blue Valley School District
City, State: Overland Park, Kansas
About the Nominee: Doris Moore was nominated by Robin Warren, the parent of a student. Mrs. Moore has been an educator for over 27 years and is currently serving in her 12th year as principal of Overland Trail Elementary School (OTE), just outside of Kansas City. She is an inspiring, motivating leader who goes above the call of duty for her staff, parents and students on a daily basis. Mrs. Moore has made a lasting, positive difference in the lives of students who have attended OTE during her tenure. Ms. Warren states that she has witnessed Mrs. Moore being invited to her former students’ high school graduations and religious ceremonies, and has seen genuine respect and admiration bestowed upon her by many.
Mrs. Moore is a servant leader who strives to make a daily positive difference for her students and staff. Under her leadership, OTE has continuously improved academically. She is the kind of principal who staff and parents consider to be a true friend. She knows her staff members’ birthdays and wedding anniversaries, has attended funerals on their behalf and treated them as if they were family. Mrs. Moore has created a family atmosphere at OTE, and the school is blessed because of her leadership, character and caring friendship.
It is evident that she cares about her students and always does what is best for them. She also cares about her staff and shows them she cares with her generosity and support for all they do. Recently, one of her teachers said, “Mrs. Moore’s continuous support of the Spanish program at OTE has been excellent. She has always respected our program, has guided me to find resources and deal with issues, and has also provided budgetary resources when needed. Mrs. Moore has modeled that it all goes back to being a team. Nothing can be successful unless we work as gears, in sync and being mindful of each other.” Mrs. Moore leads by example in creating a positive team at OTE!
She has committed her life to teaching, inspiring, motivating and encouraging students, parents, and teachers from preschool through graduate school to find ways to be successful. Her passion is to help all students develop and become successful in every aspect of life!
Mrs. Moore is a prolific facilitator who effectively engages her audience and provides many opportunities for dialogue, growth, and development in her workshops. She is well-sought after nationally as a speaker, educational consultant and workshop facilitator. Additionally, she has served in several leadership roles professionally and in her community, such as Director of Christian Education and Choir Director.
Mrs. Moore earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Emporia State University, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. She is a member of various professional organizations and has received many citations and awards, including: Outstanding Educator from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Kansas City, Distinguished Administrator Award from Kansas City Public Schools and the Sunflower Employee of the Year Award from the Blue Valley Educational Foundation.
She was born in Vallejo, Ca. and raised in Kansas City. In her spare time, she mentors youth and serves as an educational consultant. Although Doris is very busy, she mainly enjoys spending time with her husband, two lovely children and grandson. Most importantly, Doris attributes all of her successes, talents, and gifts to her faith.