Commencement Speaker

  • Tiffany (Porter ’06) Moore, MEd, MEd

    In the heart of South Los Angeles, where countless obstacles challenge even the best teachers, a beacon of hope shines. Believing that every student deserves a high-quality college preparatory education, Tiffany (Porter ’06) Moore stepped up to lead KIPP Scholar Academy, a tuition-free public charter middle school, in 2012. That effort entails creating a rigorous and culturally relevant instructional program that established KIPP Scholar as Top 2020 Middle School in Los Angeles County, serving low-income students and with 62% of founding KIPP Scholar students matriculating to college. Her daily work on this thriving campus embodies the Four Cornerstones of her alma mater and made her the ideal recipient of Azusa Pacific University’s 2017 Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award. That continued commitment to break down barriers and open up educational opportunities for systemically under-resourced communities is the type of scholar and leader she is.

    She attributes her passion for struggling students to her prayerful parents, her faithful pursuit of God’s call, and her Christ-centered education. While at APU, she served as Associated Student Body president and fully engaged in campus life activities. After graduation, Moore spent three years with the Teach for America organization as a corps member, a corps advisor, and a school director, then spent four years at Johnnie Cochran Middle School teaching English as a second language, serving as the ESL department chair, and coaching an award-winning step team. Finally, she worked as an English Language Learner Intervention Specialist and coach at KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory School in Boyle Heights, California—a post that led to her current leadership role, where she serves more than 400 bright and talented students a year.

    Moore and her selfless work represent the many alumni from all disciplines who passionately pursue innovative ways to solve societal problems, plant the seeds of hope wherever they go, and become salt and light to a hurting world.

    Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in history from Azusa Pacific, a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from National Louis University. Moore and her husband, Darrell, are raising three incredible children and attend Prayer and Praise Ministries church.

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