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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

A Gift to the Gifted
Seeking to make an impact on multiple generations, principal
Nicole Moore champions gifted education

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icole Moore prides herself on creating a nurturing learning environment in
which all students can grow academically, socially, and emotionally, including
those showing exceptional potential. Moore was named Administrator of the Year
by the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children in 2015 for her stewardship of the
Indian Mills Academic Gifted Education (IMAGE) program, and she once encouraged students to read more by promising to sleep on the roof of the school if they
read 1,000 books in a month (they did). Active in NAESP as a state representative,
Moore has also served as president of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors
Association. Here's what she had to say about gifted education, keeping in touch
with the community, and more:

On what makes her school's gifted program special

Our gifted program, IMAGE, is so outstanding because it is headed by one of the
most talented G&T [gifted and talented] teachers I have had the pleasure of working with, Karen Clementi. Karen has a passion for ensuring that gifted learners are:
(1) properly, accurately, and fairly identified; and (2) provided with appropriate
programming that meets their needs. She and I worked closely on the identification
process as well as dedicated time to providing gifted programming to our students.
Because G&T is not a protected class in New Jersey the way special education is, it
was important that these special students' intellectual needs were met.
On maintaining a strong relationship with the community

I have had the honor of serving as a long-term principal at Indian Mills School. I
have the pleasure of educating and nurturing multiple family members and have
developed relationships with families over the years. It really is great to see how
much our school community means to them.
On why she became a principal

I come from a family of educators-both my mom and dad started their educational careers as classroom teachers and ended their careers as administrators. The
last thing I wanted to do was be a teacher! However, as I was growing up, I watched
how much they loved what they did and their students, too! My father, in particular,
was able to make an impact on many boys who had no fathers by serving as a model
and coach for them. How could I turn down the chance to make an impact on a
future generation?!
On what she would do if she couldn't be a principal

I love to shop, so I would probably be a personal shopper/buyer.
On the best advice she has ever received

"Go for it! The only way you won't get it is if you don't try," from my parents, Charles
and Lorene Moore.
On what she does outside of work

I am a huge sports mom, so I play Uber driver for my son. He is an all-around athlete who has wrestled, run cross-country, and played basketball and lacrosse. We
have settled into lacrosse and basketball, and I am his No. 1 fan! I truly enjoy
driving him and his teammates around and cheering them on.
Photography by Lifetouch

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - November/December 2019

from the editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Intertwined for Achievement
Planting the SEAD
Making PLCs a Plus
Measuring Up
Look Out for the Leader
Engagement Across the Generations
The Sum of Its Parts
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Raising the Bar
Principal’s Bookshelf
School Law
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
Parents & Schools
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Snapshots
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Principal - November/December 2019 - 5 Things
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Intertwined for Achievement
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Planting the SEAD
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Measuring Up
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Look Out for the Leader
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Engagement Across the Generations
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Principal - November/December 2019 - The Sum of Its Parts
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Principal - November/December 2019 - Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
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Principal - November/December 2019 - School Law
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