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New Teacher Spotlight, Mr. Moss

Curtia Kilgore and Lanaeja Cabarrus

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We conducted an interview with one of TCM’s newest teachers, Mr. Moss. He has been favored students among all grades which made us excited to see how he is adjusting to RCTCM!

 

How Do You Like RCTCM So Far?

“RCTCM is an amazing school. I am around so much talent, and it is surreal!”

What are your favorite classes?

“Good question. I don’t really have a favorite class, but, my favorite subject to teach is chorus. It is a part of me. It is in my blood. Any time that I am able to open up a piece of music and make it come to life, that is when I am MOST happy. Seeing that “a-ha” moment on my students’ faces when they realize how good they actually sound means EVERYTHING to me.”

What are your biggest accomplishments here?

“Hmmm…..there are many of them. I will give you my top five.”

1.    Being able to build a successful music program from the ground up.

2.    Teaching my students (who have not taken music in a long time) how to read music and rhythms.

3.    Hearing the whole school sing the Alma Mater with so much pride at the pep rallies.

4.    Successfully performing high kicks AND doing a split at the first pep rally without breaking a bone or tearing a muscle.

5.    Learning how to use the different snapchat filters and understand what a snapchat “streak” is.

How is it different from your old school?

“This has been my fourth school in my eight year teaching career. I was at a high school, and two elementary schools. The motivation of the students is different here. They try a little harder and care little more.”

Do you like it better here or rather not say?

“I have loved all of my different schools, not in the same way. I was at my high school for six years and the elementary schools for a year. Each school will hold a special place in my heart, but, I TRULY love being here! I feel at home. I am a product of a magnet school (DFA), and believe that this is where I belong.”

What plans do you have?

“Another great question! I have short and long term plans. Short term, I want to establish my program and teach my children the foundations of music. Without this, I cannot have a successful program. Flash mobs. Yes. I want flash mobs during lunch, where we break out into choreographed movements and turn our school into High School Music. Long term, I want to do full blown musical productions, go on multiple field trips, have guest performers come, etc. I want my children to experience what I did in school and to enjoy music as much as I did.”

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