To say Jennifer Moore has a variety of interests would be an understatement. This is easily recognizable by the fact that the Laurel Springs faculty member is well-qualified to teach not only one but three subjects: English, Science and Math!
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton, where she double-majored in Mathematics and Biology (she also minored in Chemistry, History, and Philosophy), Ms. Moore earned her Master’s degree in Education from Long Island University. Her passion for learning has only strengthened since beginning her teaching career, which is perfectly evident when discovering how she devotes her time to such a wide array of passions.
Why did you decide to teach with Laurel Springs?
I enjoy using technology and keeping up with recent discoveries, so I was drawn to Laurel Springs. I appreciate the variety in the courses that I get to teach, and the flexible schedule is a huge plus for me as well as the students. It’s great having the option to go outside and enjoy the nice weather while I work on my laptop, or take a break to read a book or do arts and crafts.
What made you select your subject area to teach?
I’ve always loved math and science, as well as reading and writing stories, so I got certified to teach high school math, biology, chemistry, and English.
What are your favorite aspects of teaching your students at Laurel Springs School?
It’s a great feeling when I see a student resubmit a difficult assignment and do an excellent job on it. I enjoy seeing students improve, and their creative projects and stories are amazing.
Can you recall a specific time when you had difficulty understanding a lesson or mastering a topic? How did you overcome this challenge and how has that informed the way in which you help students?
I had difficulty grasping pretty much all of Organic Chemistry. I obtained several different review books and did practice problems for each unit until I started getting the questions right. I encourage my students, especially AP students, to get review books and practice each section until they are confident about the material. I also recommend note-taking and review strategies that worked for me, like copying notes over again, drawing diagrams, or making flashcards.
Do you incorporate any of your outside interests into your lessons?
To some extent. I like reading news articles to keep track of what’s happening in the world, and sometimes a student will make a comment in an assignment that reminds me of an article I read, so I’ll find that article and leave it in feedback to the student for further reading. I also tend to draw from books, movies, and even video games when I’m coming up with examples for an iClass.
Big or small, what do you see as your greatest accomplishment up until now?
I bought my first house a year ago. After all of the stress of getting a mortgage and buying the house was over with, it felt like everything in my life was coming together. I have a place of my own with plenty of space, a nice deck where I can sit outside and enjoy the trees, and of course a job that I love. I even got some pets now that I have enough room – a veiled chameleon, a leopard gecko, and a bearded dragon.
What do you do in your free time?
I love making things with arts and crafts kits, whether it be paint-by-numbers, latch hook, needlepoint, stuffed animals, or even woodworking. I also enjoy playing video games, exploring wonderful worlds, solving difficult puzzles, seeing beautiful vistas, and experiencing stories in an interactive medium where my choices matter.
What do you “geek out” about and could discuss until you lose your voice?
Video games. When I was younger, I eagerly talked to my family about Living Books and Freddi Fish. When I got a bit older, I talked to my friends at lunch about Myst and the sequel, Riven (I almost put “solving the fire-marble puzzle in Riven” as my greatest accomplishment). In college, I talked to my friends about more story-centered games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. And now, I’m discussing all types of games with my friends, whether it’s a new game like Fallout 4 or The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, or an old game that I missed the first time around and finally got to play, like Gabriel Knight or Grim Fandango. When I’m playing a game, I get really into it and analyze the story and the characters.
What are your “words to live by”?
Don’t take anything for granted, and think about the consequences of every choice.