Grades 6-12
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Heather Moore

Heather MooreAppointed 2010

Director of Middle School

Social Studies Instructor

hmoore@vermontcommons.org

Graduate Degree

M.A. History, University of Vermont

Undergraduate Degree

B.A. History, Skidmore College

Honors and Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude in both undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Lattie F. Coor Fellowship
  • Graduate College Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Presenter at Annual AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) conference
  • Fulbright Hays Seminar to India for Educators
  • Fund for Teachers Fellow
  • Pilot for Big History Project
  • Professional Development Grant to travel to Peru
  • Professional Development Grant to travel to Turkey
  • Honor Society for Political Science and History
  • Pie Baking Contest Winner

Activities in College

  • President of the Environmental Action Club
  • Creator of the Green Bikes Program
  • Founder of the Friends of the North Woods
  • Author of the book “The Architect of Necessity: Skidmore’s First Home in Downtown Saratoga”

Websites

Best VCS Moment

In the Galapagos, a student popped up from snorkeling to find my location. She then excitedly screamed my name, waved me toward her and then pointed out a giant sea turtle.

Having tea with my advisory each week.

Baking Valentine cookies for the whole school each year.

Inspirational Quote

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

Interests and Hobbies

Pie baking, hiking and camping, painting

Brief Biography

I grew up in Proctor, Vermont on a dead end street surrounded by steep woods dense with forts and hide-outs.  Our kitchen table had chairs that were squeaky and painted different colors and a winder staircase that was also squeaky and painted the color of one of the chairs. I had collections of seashells, buttons, rocks, stamps and coins.  In my room there was a giant dollhouse that I believe created my phobia of spiders–proportionally they were the size of the dollhouse family’s baby!  I was given a metal detector for my 12th birthday and I spent thousands of hours in our woods finding pretty much nothing.  I went to Skidmore College where I worked hard to protect a few hundred acres of woods and also wrote a book about the historic buildings that I wished the campus still resided in.  I was regularly the last person to leave the library on Fridays and did not attend the parties in the woods that I was trying to save.  In graduate school I spent even more time in the library. After graduate school I stayed in Burlington, which my family thinks of as a large city that takes special travel arrangements–so I consider myself a ‘city person’.  I live with my husband by Oakledge Park in a small, quiet neighborhood and tell people to slow down a lot–some of those people are on bikes.  The coolest thing about me is my dog Ima, who is polka dotted and ornery.  Currently I have a passion for the study of paleolithic cave art and traveling to see said paleolithic cave art.