Glen Rose ISD will say goodbye to longtime educator Nancy Moore at the end of the school year and has announced plans to begin the search for a replacement.

Moore, a 40-year veteran of public education and the district’s current director of curriculum and instruction, has been with GRISD since 1980 and is credited with implementing the local schools’ art program.

When she first moved to Glen Rose with her family in 1974, Moore says she immediately fell in love with the community and sought a way to improve the educational offerings for local youth.

Moore began her teaching career in 1967 as a second grade and Head Start teacher in Waco after graduating from Southwestern University. She then left Waco ISD to teach second grade and Pre-K classes in Virginia Beach, Va. from 1970-72 before relocating to Glen Rose.

Soon after she arrived in town Moore says she realized there were no pre-school programs and approached First United Methodist Church about implementing new educational opportunities in Glen Rose.

Moore worked tirelessly to see FUMC obtained the proper license for the pre-school program and served as its director from 1977-79.

The following year Moore joined the faculty of Glen Rose Elementary as a first grade teacher and in 1982 taught second grade, a position she held for the next five years.

Again, Moore saw a need and approached the school principal and GRISD administrators asking if a fine arts curriculum could be developed and implemented for its students.

She was given the green light to head-up the new program at the elementary school and taught art from 1987-1992.

Moore then decided to further her education and obtained a Master’s of Elementary Education and Master’s of Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in 1991 which certified her to serve as principal of the local elementary campus beginning in 1992.

For five years Moore led the campus and in 1997 became the curriculum director of Glen Rose Elementary, a position she held for three years before taking on her current position at the district’s administration office, overseeing GRISD’s testing and instructional programs and curriculum alignment.

“She’s done a super job in that role,” said Superintendent Wayne Rotan. “Not only is she very professional and knowledgeable about the programs she oversees, she’s a great person to be around.”

Moore is known by her colleagues to have great enthusiasm for her job and is a lot of fun to work with, said Rotan.

“I’m going to miss seeing her across the hall every day and it hasn’t set in yet,” said Rotan. “She is a true ambassador for this district and community in her everyday life. We’re definitely losing a good employee and good person. She will certainly be hard to replace.”

Moore, who comes from a family of educators, says she has enjoyed her 40-year career and says it has been very rewarding, especially seeing students learn and grow in the classroom.

“You get your most enjoyment out of working with (elementary aged) kids because that’s when you see the most progress,” says Moore. “When you’re teaching reading to students at that level you witness the students’ ‘ah-hah’ moments and that’s really rewarding.”

When asked about her most memorable moment during her career in education, Moore says there is not just one but seeing students succeed years later after leaving the classroom and school is what has made her profession rewarding.

“When you have something to do with students’ formative years and see what successes they are now, and you know you had something to do with it, that’s the best memory,” said Moore. “I get a lot of pleasure knowing that a lot of kids have become successful because of what they were able to do while in school here. It gave students confidence and the feeling of success, no matter what direction chose they go.”

Moore, who will step down and enter retirement in June, says she will miss her co-workers but not the school schedule of waking early and working year-round.

“When you’re at the central office, because there’s not that many of us here, we have become a family and do things like a family,” said Moore. “You laugh and cry together, tease each other, and having Mr. Rotan as your superintendent, things are very lively. It can also be very hectic at times, and there are times when everyone works together to achieve a goal.”

Upon her retirement Moore says she plans to travel with her husband, among other things, and begin a remodel project on their home. “If we both live through that, that will be a major accomplishment. My husband also likes to rope and I plan to go watch him do more things.”

Following the same routine most of her life, Moore said it will “be unusual to not follow a school schedule … it’s been my whole identification, as a parent and teacher.”

With Moore’s upcoming departure, Rotan said the district is currently seeking her replacement.

“The position was reluctantly posted on several Web sites on May 9,” said Rotan, adding that he is in the process of reviewing applications and preparing a list of candidates to interview for the job. “We’ll begin interviews on June 2 and I will have a recommendation for the school board on June 23.”

Rotan said a total of 32 applications have been received for the director of curriculum and instruction position, and more are expected.

“We have several local applicants from the inside and our search is to find the right person for the job,” said Rotan. “Our TAKS scores have definitely been very good and they’re continuing to improve, and in no way are we content at where we are. We’re working everyday to improve our performance and the students’ performance.”

The school district will host a retirement reception for Moore on Thursday, June 19 from 2-5 p.m. at the GRISD Administration Building, 1102 Stadium Dr. The public is invited to attend.