NEW PALESTINE — For the past six years, educator Craig Moore has been at Morristown Junior Senior High School, where he’s spent much of that time as an assistant principal and athletic director.
On July 1, he’ll bring those skills to Doe Creek Middle School, where he’ll take over as the new dean of students and athletic director.
Moore replaces outgoing administrator Katy Eastes who is the new principal at New Palestine Elementary School.
Moore said joining the Southern Hancock district has been a plan of his for some time.
“I’ve always had a great admiration for the New Palestine school district,” Moore said. “I understand how well they do academically and how well they do with their athletics, and it is a larger school system than what I am in right now.”
Moore and his wife, Misty, have two children, Drake and Kendra, who will attend Brandywine Elementary School in the fall.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Indianapolis, Moore also recently earned his master’s in administration and supervision from Indiana State University.
Moore said he’s looking forward to continuing his work in the front office at Doe Creek.
Prior to his administrative role in Morristown, Moore was a physical education teacher and a varsity basketball coach. However, he said, his true calling is working in the front office, where he can make a real difference.
“I feel like I am able to make changes on a larger scale by being an athletic director and assistant principal,” Moore said.
Moore said he is looking forward to working with younger students.
“They still need some guidance,” Moore said of middle schoolers. “When you’re able to catch them at that age, you’re still able to steer them in the right direction if they’re at a fork in the road.”
His boss will be Principal Jim Voelz, who said Moore rose quickly to the top of the list when he was searching for someone to replace Eastes.
“His references were very positive, and he will be a great fit for our district,” Voelz said. “He has a great personality, and I think our students will really enjoy him.”
Voelz said Moore’s experience as an athletic director and assistant principal made him the perfect selection to step right into his new role at Doe Creek.
“Craig rose to the top as our first choice,” Voelz said.