Who is Mr. Elmore, A.K.A. Elmeezy? This is a question that I get very often and have ever since I got back from my living experience in New York City. My name is Shawn A. Elmore, this is my 11th year teaching, and it will be my fifth year in Moore. I taught 8th Grade Language Arts at Highland East Junior High in Moore, Oklahoma, for two years, and I made the move up to Moore High School mainly because of my love for world literature, American Literature, rhetoric, and these amazing kids. I love to say all of that, especially considering the path that I have walked in life. Here is a little bit about me.
I grew up in Moore, Oklahoma. I went to Eastern Avenue Christian Academy through fourth grade and was home-schooled in the fifth grade. That was when all of our worlds were shattered. The OKC bombing occurred then. My mom home-schooled me, and she could not do it any more after that one year, and I cannot say that I blame her. I then went to Santa Fe Elementary, Highland West Jr. High, and Westmoore High School (do not hold it against me). I am a proud product of Moore. The May 3rd tornado was a traumatic experience for me in high school, and after seeing what happened on May 20, 2013, I knew that I needed to come back home to where I started. During my schooling years, one teacher in particular moved me and changed my views on life as a whole. I remember walking into my 8th Grade English class, and I asked the teacher if we were going to have fun and learn a lot that year (I was a nerd!), and she looked back, replying with, "ARE YOU KIDDING!?" That year, Mrs. Jeni Dutton (whom I had the pleasure of working with at HEJH and who is now principal at Moore West Junior High) changed my life in every aspect imaginable. I started to love English, I started to really and truly like school, and I had someone that I could relate to and talk to about a lot of the crazy life stuff going on. That year, we were taught The Diary of Anne Frank, and the way that it was taught to me was proof that I wanted to teach as my career. I saw what Dutton did in that classroom, and I found out that you are born with that gift. It was also given to me, and she brought it out. Thanks to her, I am here.
My first teaching jobs were in Edmond. After student teaching at Edmond Santa Fe High School for 9th grade English I, I taught 8th Grade English and Pre-AP English at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond. After three years there, I decided to follow my life-long dream of living in a big city. Where did I choose for that adventure to be but the biggest city in the United States and one of the biggest in the world: New York. There, I lived in Queens, did some community theater, and I also taught in Harlem. Yes, THAT Harlem. I saw a lot of crazy things there, but I was still able to grab most of those amazing kids with teaching and learning. It was a huge learning experience for me, but the stress of the City and the lack of a feeling of community was enough for me to move back home.
When I got back to Oklahoma, I had to take some time off to recover, and I had (and still have) an amazing family who helped me do that. I subbed in Edmond for a while and then got a long-term sub job teaching English II, Pre-AP English II, and AP Art History at the place where I got my teaching start: Edmond Santa Fe. I loved it, and I got signed on there last year as a sophomore English teacher and student council co-sponsor. The latter part of that job last year took a lot out of me, and I took the summer to reflect on what was next for me. I needed to come home to help my family recover. I needed to come back where it all started: Moore.
I love teaching. It is such an amazing job. I know that we do not get the pay we should, but when kids tell me that I am the big brother and/or father that they never had, that is what it is all about. It is also about shaping the youth of America for the better, and I am so glad to be doing it in Moore, Oklahoma. During my spare time, I spend a lot of time with friends and family. They, along with God, are my strength. I am a very family-oriented person who believes in fellowship and responsibility. I want to impart that on to my students because it has been such a blessing to me. I also love awards shows. The Oscars is like my second Christmas. I love reading books (of course!) and seeing movies. My all-time favorite book is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, which I have had the pleasure of teaching in 8th Grade Language Arts. I think the most important modern piece of literature for kids and parents to read is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. I am also a huge fan of other classics like Night, The Great Gatsby, and any dystopic novels (mainly The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984). My favorite movie of all time is "The Wizard of Oz." I also love "It's a Wonderful Life." I am also a theater nut, and I adore Judy Garland. She is one of my favorite entertainers of all time. I love the TV show, "Friday Night Lights," and it ranks up there with "I Love Lucy" as my favorite of all time.
If you are reading this, I probably have your child as my student, and I could not be happier about that. All kids are teachable. All kids can learn. They help me survive, and I love what I do.
2007 - 2010: Cheyenne Middle School, Edmond, OK
2010 - 2011: Choir Academy of Harlem, NYC, NY
2011 - 2013: Edmond Santa Fe High School, Edmond, OK
2013 - 2015: Highland East Jr. High, Moore, OK
2015 - current: Moore High School, Moore, OK