We've got so many cool people in our SD community and we thought you'd like to get to know some of them. Follow along at #FacesOfSD. Here, meet Allison Moore, Upper School Spanish teacher! (She's on the right!)
What is your full name? Allison Moore
Where were you born? Southern California, but I was raised in Mill Valley.
What is your favorite subject, other than your own of course? Literature
What do you do in your job here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of the job? I teach Upper School Spanish 1, 3, and 4. My favorite part of the job is learning. I learn how to better teach a lesson each time I do it, and I get to see my students learn. And I learn from my colleagues. I like being part of a community of learners...I also love laughing together.
Which of our core values of Study, Reflection, Community, and Service is inspiring you the most this week and why? Service. I am inspired by how engaged our students are in service.
After working hard all week shaping young minds, what is your ideal weekend? Ha. This question implies a separation between the week and weekend, when actually teachers work a lot on weekends. Nonetheless, my ideal weekend is spending as much time as possible with my two-year old son. He is a total joy.
What are several of your most significant personal accomplishments? Since I saw them perform in 2001, I have wanted to be part of the dance company, Loose Change, and in 2009, I auditioned and got in. I was able to perform with Loose Change in the 2010 SF International Hip Hop Dance Festival, which was another lifelong dream of mine to perform on that stage.
What are several of your most significant professional and/or academic accomplishments? I spent four years in a doctoral program at Brown. Ultimately, I decided to leave with a master's degree and did not complete a PhD. Nevertheless I feel it was a big accomplishment to hang in there for four years. And I learned a lot. One thing I learned is that I prefer teaching high school to teaching college.
What was your best professional "I wish someone had seen this" moment? I gave a talk called "Letting Go of Grammar" for language teachers at CAIS a few years ago. It went really well. I felt like I had really hit on something that my audience was eager for and an inspiring conversation developed during the workshop. But because it was in Southern California, I didn't know the attendees and none of my colleagues from the Bay Area were there, so it felt "unseen" in that sense.
Thank you for sharing Allison, and for all you do for our community!