Blessed with each passing day, I am reminded of how truly blessed I am to live my dream of working with children. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Several teachers along the way helped foster my love of education. However, it was Mrs. Nancy Taylor who made me feel like I could actually achieve my dream.
I began my teaching career in Hampshire County in 2005. I had the wonderful opportunity to teach 4th grade (my dream job) with an inspiring mentor, Mrs. Beth Parsons. During my time in Hampshire county, I taught one year as a reading specialist and then taught another 4 years at August Elementary as a 4th grade teacher. Under the direction of Mr. Jeff Pancione, I blossomed and was named Hampshire County Teacher of the Year in 2011. During this year, I had a student who asked what I dreamed to be when I "grew up". I told her that I dreamed of being a teacher. She looked at me and said, "Wow! It must be great to live your dream!" Right then and there, I realized that indeed it was incredible to live my dream. This was also the year that my husband, Bill, and I welcomed our beloved daughter into the world.
In the summer of 2011, I was hired as a 3rd grade teacher at Moorefield Intermediate School. It was a hard decision to leave Hampshire County, but I wanted to be closer to home. I taught 3rd grade for 2 years and 5th grade reading for 3 years. I was then hired as Assistant Principal of East Hardy Early Middle School. The year at EHEMS was a blessing and although I was devastated to leave the wonderful staff and students of EHEMS, I decided to strive to achieve a professional goal and applied for the Principal at Moorefield Intermediate School. We are now entering my 5th year as principal at MIS.
Becoming the Principal of a school where I was a previous teacher has been a joy. I look forward to each day. The vison of Moorefield Intermediate School is to inspire ethically responsible problem solvers, who will become productive members of our community. I look forward to working with all staff, students, parents, and community members to achieve this vision.
With much appreciation,
Amber Champ, Principal