2019 Heart of the School Award Winner
Zulema Sockwell Moore
William S. Baer School
Principal Zulema Sockwell Moore began her career 21 years ago as a teacher at William S. Baer School and has been there ever since. Her devotion to this school, its students and families serves as an inspiration to all of her 115 staff members – including teachers, paraeducators, therapists, private duty nurses and 1-1 aides. As a school for students with special needs, Principal Sockwell Moore places significant emphasis on empowering children to express themselves and exercise their capacity to make choices. She has implemented a total communication model at Baer. This gives each child the ability to communicate and make choices at their individual level. Many of her students enter the school as early as age 3 and continue until the age of 21, which allows Principal Sockwell Moore the unique opportunity to work with parents to ensure they are the best possible advocates for their children. Principal Sockwell Moore truly views her school, its students, parents and communities as family, and it shows.