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Kellis business, marketing teacher earns national award

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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

Deb Moore
 Raymond S. Kellis High School Business & Marketing Teacher, Deb Moore, recently took home a Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education.This national award, given by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, is not Moore’s first national recognition.

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Deb Moore, recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence on the far right. Photo courtesy of Peoria Unified School District

Moore has a long list of tremendous accomplishments including the recipient of ACTE’s New Teacher of the Year Award in 2004 and the ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award in 2011.


Moore was nominated for the Leavey Award by Renee Woodruff of Mountain Ridge High School and the National Academy Foundation for her “Turning Pink into Green” project.

This award is only given to eight distinguished recipients each year and recognizes those educators for their innovative efforts to help young people better understand the function and benefits of America’s private enterprise system.

To receive her award, Moore was invited to attend a special awards ceremony in Philadelphia, Penn. in May. Her recognition included a cash award of $7,500 and a commemorative plaque. Her trip to Pennsylvania included attendance at the Leavey Education Summit where Moore had the opportunity to present her project to fellow recipients and local educators.

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Deb Moore, recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence.

The Peoria Unified School District serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school and was the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation.

With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.