Jennifer D. Moore will take office this summer as one of the new board members on the Orange County Schools Board of Education.
Moore has worked in the educational system for more than a decade in a variety of schools, educational levels and districts. She has worked in the public school system in North Carolina for 12 years as an exceptional children’s instructional assistant, and she said her extensive experience within the realm of education has taught her how to advocate for students.
She has also served as the vice president of the Orange County Association of Educators and currently works at Duke University, where she offers academic assistant faculty support.
Moore said her leadership within OCAE was one reason she chose to run for school board. However, she said her interest in the position ultimately stemmed from her passion for improving educational opportunities for all in Orange County.
“I have a genuine interest in seeing that every school is the best it can be,” she said. “As a school board member, I want to work in a collaborative manner with the Orange County School stakeholders. I want to ensure that quality educational programming is available for all of our students. I believe that all of our students deserve a safe and nurturing school environment.”
Moore’s campaign was endorsed by the Northern Orange Black Voters Alliance, the Orange County Association of Educators and former Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens. Stevens said Moore's professional background and her emphasis on providing quality education to all students would make her an effective board member.
“There certainly were a lot worthy people running, but I was impressed by Jennifer Moore’s professional credentials and the genuineness in which she spoke about her desire to participate on the board,” he said. “I thought she would bring some refreshing new perspective.”
He said that Moore had the unique desire and energy to make sure all students in Orange County had the best education possible. In addition, he said he was impressed by the way she interacted with the other candidates, and by her work in business, mental health and the community.