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Resident receives 'Educator of the Year' award

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mental Health America President Charity Pankratz presents Brazil resident John Moore with the organization's "Educator of the Year," award Tuesday. Shannen Hayes (Greencastle Banner Graphic) Photo.
GREENCASTLE -- Brazil resident John Moore was presented the "Educator of the Year," award at the Mental Health America's meeting in Greencastle Tuesday.

"I am excited, honored and surprised (to have received the award)," Moore said.

Moore was chosen for his service to Putnam County students as an educator. He began as an industrial arts teacher at Greencastle High School. There, he taught graphic arts, photography and drafting.

He began working as a vocational coordinator nearly two years ago for Old National Trail in Putnam County.

Currently, Moore leads the work experience program, which serves special needs students in six corporations -- including North Putnam, South Putnam, Mill Creek, Cloverdale, Eminence and Greencastle.

At times, Moore has had to get kids out of bed, into a shower and into laundered clothes to help them gain life skills training. People have said Moore never gives up on a child. His passion for his career shines through in his work.

"I have loved the past 35 years of being an educator," Moore said. "I would do it all over again if given the opportunity. It's been a wonderful career."

In addition to the award presented to Moore, MHA honored Cloverdale resident Linda Mann as its "Person of the Year."

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