Jonathan Moore, who taught for over three decades in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, passed away September 19th. He was 60 years old.
Born to missionary parents in ToltÈn, Chile in 1947, Moore graduated from high school in Santiago, Chile and later moved to California, where he attended Ventura College. After receiving his Associate of Arts degree, he enrolled in UCLA, where he played soccer and graduated with a degree in psychology. He later received his master’s degree in bilingual/cross-cultural education and also received a teaching credential.
Moore taught for 35 years in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. At John Adams Middle School, he taught “Spanish Literature Immersion,” “Humanities, Limited English” and “Reading, Limited-English.” He was also the middle school’s chess club advisor.
Moore also taught English as a Second Language at Madison Elementary and Edison Elementary Schools. He retired from teaching in 2005.
Moore enjoyed attending UCLA soccer games, photography, traveling to Hawaii and competing in ballet and trick skiing events.
The school district will hold a celebration in Moore’s honor at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 2nd, in the John Adams Middle School Auditorium, 2324 16th St. in Santa Monica, for former students, their families and colleagues.
A viewing will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, September 28th, at the First Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles, 1935 S. Albany St. in Los Angeles.
Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29th, at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St. in Santa Monica. Moore’s brothers, who are all ministers, will officiate at the service.
Moore is survived by his wife, Cathy, his daughter Melissa, his son Jonathan, and his brothers Ed, Douglas and Steven.