Moffat’s AlexAndria Moore-Guenter receives Educator Highlight Award
IT’S easy to see why AlexAndria Moore-Guenter was selected to receive the Educator Highlight Award by the Adams State School of Education. Her warm personality is perfectly suited for the work she does as the 6th- through 12th-grade secondary counselor for the Moffat School District.
Positive, energetic, empathetic, and a smile that lets you know everything is going to be all right is her calling card. Imagine your luck, being a Moffat High student and finding her in the counselor’s office.
“The kids are more open and easily connect with her,” says Moffat High Principal Kathy Garcia. “They’re more willing to build that relationship so they can open up and talk with her about what they need.”
“One of the things that’s good about being in a small school is you spend a lot of time building relationships so we already know what our students’ needs are,” she said. “Right now we spend the majority of our day gathering clothes because we have a big poverty community that needs clothing and food. So connecting with our families and just reminding them why we want them to come back to Moffat and why it’s fun to be a Cowboy.”
Moore-Guenter is a perfect example of the path Adams State graduates follow. She arrived on campus from the Denver-metro area to play softball, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2015 and a master’s degree in 2018.
During her time at Adams – again something that is common for the students – she fell in love with an Adams State lacrosse player, married, and now makes her home and life in the San Luis Valley working for Moffat Schools.
“Isn’t that the point of going to college? To stay there and produce for the community and the local economy,” she said in a “duh” fashion.
“That’s what I was looking for when I chose a college. I wanted to go to a place where I could create my own home because it was cool to see my parents who were immigrants create their own destiny. Now I get to do that for myself and my family in this area.”
Adams State School of Education launched the monthly award to show the importance of working in K-12 education and to inspire new students to join the teaching and education ranks.
“Being an educator to me means connections and building relationships,” Moore-Guenter said.
She’s another good example of the outstanding educators at work in the San Luis Valley.
To make a nomination for the Adams State Educator Highlight Award, please fill out this nomination form.