September 10, 2020
Cairo-Durham High School welcomes its new Principal, Mr. Jeremy Moore. He was appointed by the Board of Education on August 20 and his first official day was August 24, 2020.
Mr. Moore has over two decades of experience as a New York State educator and administrator. He and his wife grew up in nearby Schoharie and enjoyed the close-knit nature of the surrounding communities.
“When the opportunity arose to interview at Cairo-Durham, my family and I were thrilled,” Mr. Moore said. “As I met with the various stakeholders I was increasingly impressed with their passion and commitment to providing top-notch educational opportunities for their children.”
We are as excited to welcome Mr. Moore to our leadership team as he is to be part of it.
Here are a few things to help you get to know him:
What is your role at Cairo-Durham CSD and where do you work?
I am very excited to be the new principal at Cairo-Durham High School. The door to my office in the high school is (almost) always open, but there’s a good chance you won’t find me there as I love to be out and about the building as much as possible. As the instructional and building leader, I hope to create a positive environment where students and staff can enjoy learning, be continually challenged, and find meaningful ways to contribute to the school.
What are your job responsibilities/priorities as Principal?
My job is to make sure every student has the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, respectful, and nurturing environment. I work with faculty, staff, students and parents to create great curricula, improve classroom instruction, and find ways for students to participate in sports, music, the arts, clubs, and community service projects.
What goals do you hope to accomplish while working at Cairo-Durham (short term and long term)?
Short-term goals include listening and learning as much as I can about the rich traditions held by the Cairo-Durham school and community. I also hope to work closely with existing and new committees to create more leadership opportunities for students within the school. We also need to work through the many difficulties presented by the COVID-19 crisis and reestablish a new normal for in-person and virtual instruction.
A long-term goal is to help students maximize their four years here at Cairo-Durham High School to become healthy, happy, independent learners.
What do you like most about your job?
I love building relationships with my students and their teachers. I enjoy dropping into classrooms all day long and watching the great learning that happens. I am also a rabid sports/music/art/tech fan and enjoy attending as many after-school activities as possible. The Athletic Director, Mr. Hagan, has already supplied me with some sharp Cairo-Durham Mustangs gear and I’m wearing it proudly every day!
What is your background like – previous jobs, your education, etc.?
After earning my BS degree in Chemistry, I spent three years in the Adirondacks as a chemist doing acid rain research. As much as I enjoyed that, I knew I wanted to work with kids so I went back for my Master’s degree in Teaching. I spent the next 17 wonderful years teaching Chemistry at Broadalbin-Perth and Shaker high schools and coaching three sports a year. For the last six years, I’ve grown as an administrator working as an assistant principal at Brockport High School and an elementary principal in Auburn, NY.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I once had my own coffee shop/cafe that eventually began serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The drinks and food were great and we even had live jazz on Saturday nights. It was a cool experience and taught me a lot about life.
Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
Outside of school my life revolves around my amazing wife and our eight children. We enjoy sports and music of every kind, hiking, fishing, watching movies and just hanging out together. We love to laugh and have fun. I share hobbies with each of the kids and that keeps me busy and growing with them. Our latest craze has been playing disc golf.
What is the best advice anyone has given you?
I once had a basketball coach who told us, “You can do anything for two minutes!” I have applied those words and that belief to every challenge I’ve faced throughout my life and it’s always held true. Perseverance and determination are powerful tools.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Make every day count.