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A Letter from Dr. Alford


Dr. Alford

Dear Merrick-Moore Families,

To our amazing students and families we welcome you back to school year 2020-2021 where Limitless Possibilities exist and every member of the community matters. We are excited about the great things that are and will be happening in our school community and we know as partners in the lives of our students there is nothing we cannot conquer together.

This year begins my twenty-sixth year in education and I am so excited and blessed to begin it as the new principal at Merrick-Moore Elementary School. My previous experiences as a classroom teacher, principal, and transformation coach has afforded me the opportunity to touch the lives of many students, staff, families and communities members. And just like those previous experiences I approach this experience with enthusiasm, an expectation of greatness and excellence for our students. It is my belief and vision that Merrick Moore as a “School On The Rise”, is destined to be one of the greatest treasures of Durham Public Schools.

As we begin the school year off by navigating the course of Remote Learning- Plan C we want to assure you this will not be easy but we will get through it, together. In this unique opportunity our students and staff will have the chance to experience learning away from the traditional school setting to learning through various technological modalities. This is for all of us unchartered territory but we are ready for the challenge. We have prepared by making sure your child has a device for learning and all necessary materials needed to complete their work is accessible. The staff is readily available to do whatever it takes to ensure this is a smooth transition and we seek to find a resolution to every problem necessary.

Please feel free to contact me via email: or 919-560-3952 if you have any questions or concerns. We are better together!!

Thank you, Dr. Vanessa Alford