Cabell Board of Education candidate: Samuel R. Moore
HOME CITY: Huntington
HOME COUNTY: Cabell
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT: My interest in this office is stimulated by years of observation—as a student, a teacher, and a parent—of our educational processes. I realize the limitations imposed on the system, but I also have a grasp of some creative and non-traditional means of achieving desired ends. I believe that parents want their children to reach their maximum level of success and I would like to be a part of making that come to pass.
EDUCATION: Graham High School (Bluefield, VA); Bluefield (WV) State College, BA, Elem. EDUC; Marshall University, MA, EDUC Admin.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Retired Educator, 1977-2010; Pastor, Full Gospel Assembly, 1983-present
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Custodian, Flat Top National Bank (1976-1981)
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Goodwill Industries, Board Member; Community In Schools, Board Member; Cabell Huntington Hospital, Board Member; Huntington Black Pastors Ministerial Association; NAACP
FAMILY: Wife, K. Renna Moore; children, Leland, Jakki, and Harrison Moore.
1. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Do you think expeditionary learning is a good idea? Explain.
The concept of expeditionary learning is great. It’s actually based on the way we learn from the childhood — exploring the environment through use of the senses. When this process is organized, and teachers become facilitators, it should lead students to greater understanding of how to learn. When they understand how to learn, almost any material presented to them is manageable.
2. 60 WORDS OR LESS: What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state’s 180-day requirement?
I’m sure more flexibility of the guidelines would benefit. But I’m not sure that there’s any magic in the number of days provided. My concentration is more on quality — maximizing whatever time is allocated for educational instruction.
3. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
I don’t currently have full disclosure of all the statistics, but my initial thought is that we should provide courses as the collective need presents itself. In order to accommodate our students’ progress, we may need to be as fluid as reasonable in curriculum offerings.
4. 60 WORDS OR LESS: How can schools be made safer?
I know that the Superintendent has placed a strong emphasis on awareness and risk management among all staff. We must maintain a culture of vigilance. The truth is we can’t stop evil. But we must make every effort to limit it’s impact.
5. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
I believe that there are substantial provisions for the talented students in our system. However, I’m not sure that there’s full awareness of all of those provisions. I believe that all students should be prepared and challenged beyond their level of readiness.
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