Founder and Executive Director
Bobby Moore came to Baltimore in 2011 through the Teach For America Program.He taught 4th and 5th grade for four years at F.L. Templeton Preparatory Academy in West Baltimore. In 2013, Bobby completed a Masters in Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University. He also has district-level experience as a Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Summer Fellow at the Office of Achievement and Accountability.
Bobby's vision for SOAR stems from his teaching experiences in West Baltimore. His students were always eager to share their work, especially with new groups of people. As their teacher, he was frustrated that his students couldn't continuously showcase their talents and potential to new networks of people. Furthermore, he was also frustrated that he couldn't help students connect with at-home academic resources and outside-of-the-classroom learning opportunities.
Bobby worked on the development of the SOAR platform for nearly eighteen months while he was a full-time teacher in West Baltimore. He wants his students to be proud of their work and share it on a web-based medium. Furthermore, he wants his students to have access to at-home learning resources and external academic programs. The SOAR model is built on the principle that teachers, who spend over thirty hours a week with their students and intimately know their needs or interests, should be empowered to advocate for their students.