Chris Moats began her teaching career with Omaha Public Schools in 1999 after graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has an M.S. in Reading and holds endorsements in Special Education, English as a Second Language, and Administration. Mrs. Moats taught fifth grade at Bancroft Elementary for 9 years. She served as a Literacy Coach at Field Club and Pinewood from 2008-2009 and Indian Hill Elementary from 2009-2011. She has experience at all grade levels through summer school teaching opportunities, her coaching position, and co-parenting with her husband, Dave. They have been married 37 years and have four children, Eric, Jamie, Michelle, and Brian, who have all attended Omaha Public Schools. In 2014, I added a son-in-law, Jochem and in 2016, a granddaughter, Esther Julianna.
Mrs. Moats has traveled with high school students as a leader with People to People Ambassador programs to Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.
She completed two years in Americorps, a grant program through the U.S. government requiring teaching of history and volunteer projects within the classroom. Chris completed courses in the UNO Center for Economic Education in affiliation with the Kaufmann Foundation promoting economics lessons within the classroom. She was also a participant in TAHG (Teaching American History Grant), which required her to travel to historical sites and various Smithsonian Institute locations within the U.S. As a participant, she wrote and taught curriculum promoting American history within the classroom. She is a trained teacher presenter for G.E.O.N. (Geography Educators of Nebraska) in conjunction with the National Geographic Society.
Chris brings a varied background that will help her “focus” on the goals and mission of Wilson Focus School. She considers herself fortunate to be part of a diverse school district that promotes a future story for each student and helps them see how they will impact our city, nation, and the world. Mrs. Moats states, “Who wouldn’t want to be part of the 21st Century teaching that is instilling a love of learning in students and showing proven academic success for ALL students, no matter their background. This is always our focus!”