Stewarding the creation and development of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School has been the most rewarding job that I have ever had”, declares school founder, Linda Moore. “Working at Elsie Whitlow Stokes has also been my most challenging job but I would not trade this work for any other.”
As the daughter of the school’s namesake, education is in Linda Moore’s DNA. She admits to never consciously seeking a traditional career in public education, having been both humbled and somewhat intimidated by her mother’s talents as a teacher. Instead Ms. Moore took a different path—as a mental health counselor and administrator and jobs in several national education policy organizations, including the National Community Education Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Institute for Educational Leadership. But the opportunity to put into practice the lessons she had learned first from her mother, later as a engaged parent and finally as an education policy thought leader, Linda Moore did not hesitate to become one of the pioneer charter school leaders in the District of Columbia.
Ms. Moore was awarded a B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. She has completed additional graduate work in Counseling.
Ms. Moore has been a strong advocate and leader in the Washington, DC charter school community, serving eight terms as the chair of the DC Association of Pubic Charter Schools, a member of the Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) board of trustees and as a founding board member of the DC Special Education Collaborative. She currently serves on the board of Martha’s Table.
In 2013, Ms. Moore was inducted into the National Alliance of Public Charter School Hall of Fame. She was previously awarded the Charles Stewart Mott Minority Leadership Development Fellowship. Ms. Moore enjoys traveling, swimming, writing, gardening and imagining what the world will be like once the generations of Elsie Whitlow Stokes School scholars are in charge. She has a daughter and a son, and is the proud grandmother of four active grandsons.