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posted: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Two firsts on the first day

Kevin Moore, principal of CMS, greets Orianna Santillan as she walks toward the front door on the first day of school. It was the first "First Day of School" as a CMS student for Orianna, a fifth-grader new to the district this year. And it was the first "First Day of School" as CMS principal for Mr. Moore, who replaced Gayle Dierks upon her retirement in June.

Mr. Moore served as Mount Olive Middle School vice principal for the past three years. Prior to joining the district, he was an admissions counselor at County College of Morris; he previously taught social studies at Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison, New Jersey then served as the school’s athletic director.

For the past four years, Mr. Moore coached Mount Olive High School’s boys basketball team and led the squad to consecutive county championships (2013 and 2014). Soon after his appointment as CMS principal, he stepped down from his coaching duties to concentrate all his time and energy on his new role.

“Coaching was a wonderful experience,” said Mr. Moore. “We had a great run with some exciting, emotional wins. I’ll certainly miss the guys. We were such a family. I’d bring [now 10-year-old son] little Kevin to practices and games, and the players loved him. They were like big brothers.”

Mr. Moore holds a bachelor’s in political science from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia; a master’s in educational leadership from Seton Hall; and is currently in Seton Hall’s educational leadership doctoral program.

"Kevin is affable, hardworking, and energetic, and brings to CMS his natural love of learning,” said Dr. Larrie Reynolds, superintendent of schools. "He’s a charismatic leader and gives 100 percent to everything that he does.”

Mr. Moore is married with three children and lives in Long Valley. He is a technology aficionado, Ironman triathlete, and avid reader in his spare time, and enjoys following the Notre Dame football team and the Dallas Cowboys.

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