Toms River Regional Schools Hall of Fame

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Margaret Maisch Moore

The Toms River Schools Hall of Fame is privileged to honor Margaret Maisch- Moore, not only for her outstanding work in elementary education, a career which spanned thirty-seven years, but also for her admirable and lengthy service to the Toms River community.

Unique in her background was attendance from grade one through six at the Pershing School, one of the one-room schools of Ocean County. Here her teacher, Philip S. Bailey, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988, instilled in her the love of nature, music, and people so evident in her personality. Further education included graduation from the Toms River Elementary and High Schools, Trenton State Normal School, and Trenton State Teachers College, where she earned the B.S. degree. Later she matriculated at Rutgers and Columbia Universities.

After teaching at Willingboro School in Burlington County and at Bay Head, Point Pleasant Borough, and Toms River Elementary, she became a teaching 'principal at North Dover Elementary School. Then she was appointed the first full-time principal of the North Dover Elementary School, a post she held for fifteen years until her retirement in 1972. While at this school, she received a P.T.A. life membership.

Her involvement in community service has been focused primarily on her church and the Ocean County Historical Society. Membership in the Toms River Presbyterian Church has continued for sixty-five years. Several of her many activities were attending four International Camp Conferences of the International Council of Religious Education, teaching numerous Sunday School classes, organizing and directing a children's choir, acting as superintendent of the Primary Department, and serving as secretary of the Board of Trustees. For twenty-five years she was a member of the Executive Board of the Westminster Nursery School, the oldest and largest nursery school in New Jersey.

Since 1972, Mrs. Moore has enjoyed an active interest in the growth and progress of the Ocean County Historical Society, where she is a life member. She and her husband Dan have taken 18,870 people on tours of the museum. Both were members of the Board of Trustees during much of this time. At present she is a part of the Liaison Committee in an effort to improve presentation of information and to make it available to schools throughout the county.

In April 1969, Mrs. Moore became a member of Zeta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honor society of women educators.

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