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     Dr. Angela Moore-Little

     

    Helping Everyone to "Shine a Little Brighter" & "Do a Little Better"

    Shine 45By Kim Underwood

    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

    AUGUST 2, 2021 – Dr. Angela Moore-Little is the new principal at Kimmel Farm Elementary.

    Moore-Little joins Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools after working for Thomasville City Schools for 16 years. Most recently, she served as the principal of Thomasville Primary School.

    Her colleagues there speak highly of her.

    “Angela Moore-Little is one of the most amazing bosses I have ever had the privilege to work with,” said Jill Chambers, the school’s Parental Engagement Coordinator.

    “I specifically used the word ‘with’ not ‘for’ because she had the ability to allow every member of the team to bring what they do best to the table to work together which allows for success for the whole school.”

    “She empowers students, families and staff to reach their full potential. Dr. Moore-Little is a leader of integrity who wants the best for all students, their families, the staff and the community. She helps us all shine a little brighter, smile a little bigger and do a little better.”

    School Counselor Malarie Winfield said, “Dr. Moore-Little is a fearless leader who pushes yet supports her staff & colleagues.”

    Shine 44“She’s open to motivating change and empowering others in the name of student success. I definitely became better after working under her leadership.” 

    Moore-Little grew up in Virginia. Her father, Rodney Moore, served in the military, and her older sister, Ronda, was born in Germany. By the time Moore-Little was born, the family was living in Roanoke, Va.

    Moore-Little earned her bachelor’s degree at Radford University in Radford, Va.

    Like many educators, Moore-Little knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher.

    “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I would give other kids homework assignments.”

    Looking back, Moore-Little thinks the desire to become a teacher grew out of her desire to help others.

    “I always wanted to make somebody’s future bright by giving them the education they need,” she said.

    As a teacher in the Head Start program, her mother, Joyce Moore, was also a source of inspiration.

    After graduating from Radford, Moore-Little decided to move to North Carolina. She had always wanted to live in North Carolina and some of her college friends were moving this way.

    “I decided to move here as well,” she said.

    Kimmel 45Moore-Little always knew she wanted to teach in elementary school. Initially, she envisioned working with older elementary students. When she applied for her first teaching job at what is now Montlieu Academy of Technology in High Point, though, first grade was the position that was open.

    That proved to be a gift. She discovered that first-graders were perfect for her. She found it rewarding to help them learn to read and to understand how important education is.

    “First grade is my love,” she said. “It’s so fulfilling.”

    After she had been teaching for a few years, supervisors – seeing that her gifts could make her a good administrator – began suggesting that she consider that path.

    That appealed to her.

    For one, she said, “I wanted to impact as many students as possible.”

    Also, she likes learning – “I wanted to learn – learn, learn, learn” – and pursuing that path was a way to do that.

    She earned a master’s degree from Greensboro College, her administrator’s license through High Point University, and went on to earn a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    Along the way, she served as a Curriculum Coach in Thomasville. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Greensboro College. 

    Sixteen years ago, she headed to Thomasville City Schools.

    Twelve years ago, she met Adrian Little, who works as a Student Support Specialist for Communities in Schools, a nonprofit organization that works to help students perform well. Little works with 9 and 10-year-old students.

    The family lives in High Point. This coming school year, Little and Moore-Little’s daughter, A’riah, will be in third grade, and she will be joining her mother at Kimmel Farm.

    Farm 67Both mother and daughter enjoy reading together. These days, it’s often A’riah reading to her mother.

    One of Moore-Little’s favorite picture books is A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon.

    Moore-Little goes to Union Baptist Jamestown-High Point, a sister church to Union Baptist in Winston-Salem.

    When she can, Moore-Little enjoys doing a little shopping and traveling. She has been to Alaska, where she visited a niece serving in the military who was stationed there.

    “My favorite vacation was when I went to Barbados,” she said. “It was very relaxing.”

    In addition to doing her best to help all student learn, Moore-Little wants to do what she can to support students from low-income families. She has done that at other schools, and she will be doing that at Kimmel Farm. Kimmel Farm is a Title I school, a federal designation for schools that have a high percentage of students from low-income families.

    Although Moore-Little has just officially become the principal at Kimmel Farm, she already knows that she has a strong staff.

    “They have done a fabulous job,” she said.

    Kimmel 43From what Farzana Stanley, the Instructional Coach at Thomasville Primary School, says, it’s clear that Moore-Little will strongly support her colleagues at Kimmel Farm.

    “I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Angela Moore-Little for a little over 12 years,” Stanley said.

    “I began my career as a first-grade teacher at Thomasville Primary School. During my first several years of teaching, Dr. Moore-Little was my Assistant Principal. During her leadership, I grew not only as a teacher but also in my confidence as an educator.”

    “Through several post-observation conferences and challenging questions Dr. Moore-Little challenged my thinking and pushed me to truly think, ‘Are all the needs of my students being met?’ ‘How could I modify my lesson to ensure the needs of all my students – such as ELL (English Language Learners) and EC (Exceptional Children) – are receiving the highest level of instruction?’” 

    “After a few years, Dr. Moore-Little became principal, and I pursued my master’s in Literacy to truly have the skills to ensure academic success for my students. Dr. Moore-Little encouraged me to pursue becoming an Instructional Coach.”

    “At first, I was very nervous and did not see myself in a leadership role. However, with the guidance of Dr. Moore-Little I truly grew as a leader and in my abilities to help other teachers achieve academic success.”

    Along the way, Dr. Moore-Little provided feedback and guidance. Stanley went on earn her administrative license with the goal of becoming an assistant principal position.

    “I honestly think working under Dr. Moore-Little was one of the reasons I pursued an administration degree,” Stanley said.

    “I truly admire Dr. Moore-Little’s drive, ambition, and her ability to make decisions for the best interest of the students. I have watched Dr. Moore-Little make challenging difficult decisions and truly admire her resilience and tenacity.” 

    Kim Underwood
    rkunderwood@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
    336.727.2696 Ext. 70114
Last Modified on December 16, 2022