Teacher of the Year Region IX

September 2005
Journal of Correctional Education;Sep2005, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p297
Academic Journal
The article profiles Mike Moon, a teacher and correctional educator, who has been honored as the Region IX Teacher of the Year for 2005. Moon was born in Friend, Nebraska, but later moved with his family to Lisbon, Portugal where his parents studied at the University of Lisbon. After a two-year stay in Portugal, Moon spent most of his childhood and adolescent years in the tiny county of Swaziland. He lived an unfettered and carefree childhood life in the mountainous region of Endingeni and Piggs Peak, Swaziland. By 1980 Moon had one BA in Philosophy and Religion and another in Secondary English Education. In 1980, Moon moved with his wife to Canon City, Colorado. There he heard about teaching opportunities in Corrections. He was hired by the Colorado Department of Corrections in 1981. He felt as though he had a knack of working with adults who also had struggled with their formal education. Somehow the struggles they had with learning seemed to match the difficulties he remembered having with his education. Using strategies he had learned to improve his abilities to think, Moon seemed to get through to quite a few students.


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