SEMINOLE – The Osceola High School Warriors have a new leader these days, Principal Carol Moore. This school administrator is new to Osceola but is a veteran teacher and administrator for Pinellas County.
In fact, her first Pinellas teaching position was at Seminole Middle School in a class that was then called home economics. Moore also taught at Southside Fundamental School for three years and moved to Northeast High School. She earned the Home Economics Teacher of the Year honor in 1990. Her first administration position was at Bay Point Middle School, and for the last seven years, Moore was an assistant principal at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport.
“This is my first job as a full fledged principal,” said Moore who stopped by the school to catch up on some paperwork during the school closure for Hurricane Frances. “I wanted to have the opportunity to be the lead person and implement ideas that I thought could motivate students.” Moore said that Douglas Smith, the former principal, is now a classroom teacher at the new Bayside High School.
And, when the subject turns to ideas, this principal is loaded with them. She has a laundry list of programs ramping up at Osceola. Some focus on important character builders like pride and others center on academic improvement. Already Moore said she has found the students to be “pleasant and courteous.”
Moore sent a letter of introduction to families telling them, among other things, that the district’s code of student conduct would be strictly adhered to on campus. Appropriate behavior and particularly the district’s dress code will be enforced. “Coming to school is like going to work,” said Moore.
Another main goal Moore named is challenging high and low performing students to excel and do their best work. Partnerships have been developed with two churches in the community to host academic classes in their computer rooms for students needing extra help. “This will help kids that live far from the school prepare better for FCAT testing,” she added.
Extended learning programs after school are only one part of her school improvement plan. Intensive classes also are held for those students in danger of failing the math and reading FCAT. Lunch tutors are available. Moore is also offering a seminar for parents during an upcoming open house, complete with dinner served, to talk about strategies for success.
Enhancing and increasing business and community partnerships is another goal Moore has her eye on. She has begun a new Warrior of the Month program. Each department nominates students, and those selected will receive heaps of rewards, from certificates to spend in the school store to recognition in the newsletter.
“They don’t have to be the most outstanding academically,” said Moore. “But perhaps they have good attendance, get to class on time. Basically, it must show that they are proud Warriors.”
Moore is meeting with all seniors this year for a pizza lunch and get-acquainted event. “I find out what their plans are and what I can do to help them succeed,” she said. So far, Moore said the dialogue seems to be working.
In addition to the academic side of things, Moore is working to upgrade the facility. Plans are for major changes in carpeting, air conditioning and lighting. Even the landscaping in front of the school is getting a makeover.
On the personal side, Moore was born in Lake Wales and lived in Lake Placid. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in vocational home economics from Florida A&M University and finished her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at University of South Florida. Her husband, Jimmy Moore, is a retired engineer from the former GE/Lockheed Martin Specialty Components Department on Bryan Dairy Road.
“I want students waiting in line to attend Osceola High School,” said Moore. “I’m very happy to be here. I encourage the community to volunteer and partner with us. We’d like them to get involved in the exciting things happening at Osceola High School.”