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Ryan Moore (CO '15)

Assistant Principal

Pueblo County High School
Pueblo, CO

At the time of the Award, Ryan Moore was:

Liberty Point International School
Pueblo West, CO

Subject(s) taught: Science

Biographical Information

Colorado’s Ryan Moore started in the science classroom after a six-year stint as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army that included a deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His time in the military and his two years as a corrections officer with the Colorado Department of Corrections helped to prepare him for the unpredictable world of education. Despite his military beginnings, he was no drill sergeant in the middle school classroom. Instead, he drew on his well-hewn leadership qualities to encourage his students to make meaningful connections to science, as well as to themselves.

During class, Mr. Moore used his outside-the-box imagination to teach with memorable, real-world science examples. He paired students for genealogy exercises, encouraging them to imagine what their offspring would look like. He incorporated ping-pong into a class on Newton's Laws, dressed up as George Mendel when teaching genetics, and taught atomic structure using black lights and glow-in-the-dark constellations. And while his students say he's fun (and colleagues say he has boundless energy), Moore has consistently advanced student achievement scores over the course of his eight-year tenure at Liberty Point International School. In the evenings, he was available on email and Moodle to answer homework questions, and he regularly involved parents in student learning. Mr. Moore soon moved up to the high school level and spent the next few years teaching at Pueblo School District 70’s School of Engineering and Biomedical Science. While at the high school he taught Principles of Biomedical Science and Biomedical innovations for college credit and completed his STEM certification. He also enjoyed coaching track and sponsored the school's HOSA medical club. 

Moore's variegated past has definitely molded him into a leader. He shares with students the story of how he dropped out of college his first year, then pushed himself to go back and get his degree, eventually finishing his B.S. from Colorado State University-Pueblo in Exercise Health Promotion (with a minor in biology) in 2006. He proudly shares with students that  he now holds  two masters degrees, one with an emphasis in curriculum design and the other in educational leadership. 

In fall of 2021 Mr. Moore saw significant changes in education and recognized the need for school leaders with relationship capacity and creative problem solving skills. He decided to make the jump from the classroom to building administration. Mr. Moore is happily serving students as the Assistant Principal at Pueblo County High School. He is still sharing his personal experiences with students to encourage their individual paths from high school to a brighter future. “Our role as administrators is just another opportunity to reach kids where they are. Every aspect of education has an impact on a student's future success.”

Related Connections

Article: Spotlight: Ryan Moore (CO '15)

Article: 12 Ways The Military Prepared Me For a Career in Education

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Ryan Moore Newsletters

"Y'all Really Got Me Good on This One"
Oct 30, 2015

Ryan Moore In The News

Pueblo West Teacher Wins Milken Award
KRCC-FM  |  NPR  |  Oct 29, 2015  |  Colorado Springs, CO

Additional Information


2021 M.S., Western Governors University, Educational Leadership

2017 M.Ed., Colorado State University-Pueblo, Curriculum and Lesson Design

2006 B.S., Colorado State University-Pueblo, EXHP, Outdoor Adventure Leadership Emphasis