Moore was selected by company officials as New Director of the Year from among Opaa!'s new directors of nutrition services across Missouri. The criteria for selection included top ranking in the categories of creative marketing, employee training, employee safety, fiscal performance and student and adult participation.
A food service employee since 1976, Moore was Opaa!'s director of nutrition services for the East Prairie R-2 School District for the past school year.
She and her husband, Charles, are life-long residents of East Prairie and have two sons, Travis and Jamie Moore. In her spare time, Moore enjoys reading, walking and being active in her church.
In presenting the award, Middleton talked of Moore's determination and perseverance in accepting the challenge of leading a new program in the East Prairie R-2 School District after doing things the same way for many years.
Superintendent of Schools Scott Downing congratulated her saying she "accepted the challenge of switching our food service to Opaa! and ... reassured our district that we made the right choice in switching. Your hard work is a testament to your desire for our district to be number one and to perform at a high level. I am very proud of you and your accomplishment."
Moore supervises three serving sites in the East Prairie R-2 School District.
Following the presentation, Moore said: "I was very surprised and overjoyed. I can't wait to tell my husband. I have a fantastic staff that will do what's needed anytime."
Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 27th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 47 Missouri school districts and has been serving the nutritional requirements of the East Prairie R-2 School District since the beginning of school last year.