B-CU grad named top principal in Flagler

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Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager, left, is shown with LaShakia Moore, her husband, Tirrell Moore, and daughter Kennedy. With them is Dr. Earl Johnson, executive director of Leadership and Operations.

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LaShakia Moore, principal at Rymfire Elementary School, has been named the top school administrator while iFlagler’s Erin Quinn was selected as the top assistant principal of the year. 

“In both LaShakia and Erin, you have two people who consistently reach beyond their school in collaboration,” said Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager. 

Erin Quinn

15-year educator 

Moore graduated from Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Leo University in 2017. 

Of her nearly 15 years in education, 12 of them have been with Flagler Schools. 

She was a teacher and then a teacher support colleague at Rymfire Elementary before moving to the district’s Teaching and Learning office as a curriculum specialist. 

A year after that move, Tager chose her to return to Rymfire as the school’s principal. 

‘No stopping her’ 

“For me to be able to be out front, leading alongside such amazing faculty and staff is such an honor,” Moore said after she was announced as the district’s Principal of the Year. 

“I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of people. It’s almost as if we are a hidden secret so my job is to just expose them to the world and expose the world to the great things happening here at Rymfire Elementary School.”  

Tager said about Moore, “Her enthusiasm is infectious. When you sit down and talk with her, you know she has a plan in place and rolling to give every one of her students every opportunity to succeed. She has parents and community leaders buying into her plan so there is no stopping her.” 

Virtual learning expert 

Quinn has been the assistant principal for iFlagler for nearly four years. 

iFlagler, now in its 10th year is a virtual learning environment and a franchise of Florida Virtual School. In Flagler County, students enrolled in iFlagler have access to Flagler Schools teachers whenever additional help is needed. 

“During Erin’s tenure as assistant principal of iFlagler, the program has been recognized as the best small district Florida Virtual School franchise in the state two out of the past four years,” Tager said. 

“That goes to show just how great a leader Erin is. She has been able to assist our students through the very unique challenges of a virtual learning environment, and those students are succeeding.”

Jan. 16 recognition 

Quinn is a 1997 Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate. She went on to Florida State University where she graduated in 2001 as a communications major. She earned her master’s from Stetson University in 2016 educational leadership. 

“I am just so grateful and honored to be recognized,” Quinn stated. “As a graduate of Flagler County Schools, it’s great to be able to come home and give back to the community and the students and just help our team.” 

Moore and Quinn will be honored at the district’s Teacher and Employee of the Year Gala on Jan. 16. It will be held at 6 p.m. at Flagler Auditorium.

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