It's a new era at Curry Elementary School with Haley Moore moving into the role of principal and Jerri Dutton joining the school community as assistant principal.Moore says it was always her dream to …
It's a new era at Curry Elementary School with Haley Moore moving into the role of principal and Jerri Dutton joining the school community as assistant principal.
Moore says it was always her dream to come home to her alma mater, and it's where she has worked as an educator for over a decade. She has taught first-, second-, and fourth-grade at Curry Elementary, and she briefly worked as a counselor for one year at T.S. Boyd School.
She then spent another four years at Curry Elementary as a counselor before becoming assistant principal at the school last year.
This is her first year as the principal.
"As soon as I started doing counseling and got the feel of some administrative-type duties, then I really started enjoying it and decided I wanted to pursue that," Moore said.
Counseling still holds a special place in her heart.
"I just love working with all the kids and being able to help them in different ways," Moore said.
Prior to Dutton's journey as an educator, she worked 10 years for Bellsouth while continuing her education. She has worked at Sumiton Elementary and Middle schools for 17 years.
During her time at Sumiton, she taught first- and third- grade and has spent the past 11 years teaching sixth-grade at Sumiton Middle.
She is serving in her first administrative role this year at Curry Elementary.
"I feel so blessed. I feel like it's a God thing. It's perfect timing, perfect place and the perfect person to work alongside. It's been wonderful," she said.
Dutton said she has been embraced by the Curry community and everyone at the school, making her transition from Sumiton much easier.
"I recently purchased my first Curry Yellow Jackets shirt, and I can't wait to wear it," she said. "I've had my instructional leadership certification for a couple of years now, and I've interviewed for several positions, but I just feel like this is the right one. This is the place that I was meant to begin my administrative career."
Both Dutton and Moore come from families of educators.
Dutton's father taught auto mechanics in Jefferson County, her mother-in-law was a principal in the Walker County system for many years, and her sister-in-law also started her administrative career with Walker County Schools.
Moore's mother, Glenda Wilson, was a physical education teacher at Curry and later served at the Walker County Board of Education, where she retired three years ago. Her aunt was also an educator.
Moore is married to Stephen Moore, an agriscience teacher at Curry High School, and their triplets attend Curry Elementary.
Dutton said she and Moore have many projects in the works, including the development of an attendance committee.
"We're really going to be pushing that this year, getting our kids here and having them here on time," Dutton said.
Moore is settling into her role as principal and said she enjoys spending time observing teachers and being a confidant for the school's nearly 500 students.
"I just love seeing the changes you can make in a child's life, positive changes," she said. "You see a lot that come from challenging situations, and it's good to know that you've made a difference."
"The excitement here is contagious, the excitement for educating the children," Dutton added. "Everybody wants to do their best for the children and wants to put the students first."