College of Arts and Sciences names Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year for 2017-18

Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has named Adam Moore the Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Moore, from Kernersville, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History, social studies education from the department of history in May of 2018.

This is the second year that the College of Arts and Sciences has given this award.

“He understands that mastering the craft of teaching history and the social sciences is ultimately about empowering adolescents to become critical thinkers and global citizens. Adam helps students to think historically by engaging with primary and secondary sources with clear and identifiable learning targets in mind. In his classroom, students don’t just hear about history, they do history,” said Dr. Rwany Sibaja, assistant professor and History/social studies education director, Department of History.

Moore was the recipient of the Steve & Judy James Scholarship and a member of the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) in the Reich College of Education. He completed his student teaching at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons and worked in youth development as a volunteer Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 944 in Kernersville. He has accepted a teaching position in the social studies department at his alma mater, East Forsyth High School in Kernersville.

“In my four years as a student at Appalachian State University, I found myself engrossed by highly qualified professors, peers who shared my inquisitiveness and love for learning, and a campus that is built to support its students. Appalachian is not only a place to learn from as a student, but it provided me a toolkit of resources for life and a network of support that does not stop after graduation. Working with students in the local schools allowed me to assimilate myself into the High Country community and made me feel at home,” said Moore.

Moore will go on to compete for the Appalachian State University Outstanding Student Teacher Award. The winner of the university level award represents the campus in the state-wide North Carolina Associate of Colleges of Teacher Education (NC-ACTE) Student Teacher of the Year competition. The NC-ACTE winner will be announced at the organization’s annual fall meeting, October 3-5, 2018.  


About the Department of History 
The Department of History offers a broad curriculum in local, national, regional and world history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which encourages history majors to develop a comprehensive approach to human problems. The study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education and offers valuable preparation for many careers, such as law, journalism, public history, public service and business, as well as in teaching and the advanced discipline of history. Learn more at

By Ellen Burnette
June 22, 2018

Adam Moore’18 History, social studies education, Department of History. Photo by Marie Freeman
Published: Jun 22, 2018 11:26am