Hello there beautiful humans!
My name is Amber Ippolito Moore. I am an educator, social justice researcher, and an elite hockey player. This website is a forum to share my experiences and start conversations about LGBTQ+ issues, education, fitness, traveling, and food.
A little Moore…
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, my childhood home was filled with a squad of sisters, a gassy brother, big dogs, excellent food, and a garage full of hockey equipment. As a determined 8th grader I set my sights on playing D1 college hockey. Post high school, I traveled 3,000 miles away and attended Cornell University. In snowy Ithaca, I played ice hockey and rugby, while double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education.
I come from a hearty stock of teachers. My Grandma Betty taught hearing-impaired students with disabilities in the Bronx (while raising eight kids), my Mother was a nursing instructor and neonatal nurse practitioner, and my Father ran emergency response training. In my junior year of college, my Father passed away suddenly from the swine flu. At 21, I quickly recognized how there are no guarantees in life, and that I should spend my time on earth trying to make it a better place.
I decided to work in education and focus my career to answer the question: how can we provide students from all backgrounds with an equitable education?
After graduating, I traveled down to the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America. After three years of teaching Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and ACT prep, and meeting some of the most loving humans I know, I decided to move closer to my extended family in the Northeast.
I packed up the car, complete with the new edition of a 15lb dog named Chicot, and found an apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. While in New York, I taught Pre-AP Biology at Achievement First Brooklyn High while working on my Master's Degree at Columbia in Education Policy and Social Analysis. At Brooklyn High, I served as Science Department Chair, Rugby Coach, teacher leader of the Aqua Squad (a project dedicated to maintaining 85 gallons of fish tank raging with biodiversity), and helped run the Gay Straight Alliance.
Upon arriving in New York I picked up my stick and skates for the first time in three years. Through an amazing chain of events, I had the opportunity to play professional hockey for the New York Riveters in the inaugural season of the NWHL. Last year, I earned a spot on Team USA and competed in the ball hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic.
My studies at Columbia allowed me to explore LGBTQ+ inclusive education. In tandem with my work in the classroom, I was inspired to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. After an intense application process, I was awarded the scholarship. I spent spring 2018 researching in the Netherlands, a country that is known for its tolerance.
After my time in Amsterdam, I relocated to Washington, D.C. for my next adventure in education working for Two Rivers Public Charter School and Teach for America. I enjoy hanging out with my fiancée Lindsey and our dog Chicot. You can find us playing hockey with our friends, cooking delicious food, and planning our lives on multiple spreadsheets.
Disclaimer: this is a personal website. All views and information presented herein are my own and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State.