During her three years at Northern, Dr. Andria Moon, Assistant Professor in Elementary Education/Early Childhood, has already been a strong and positive influence on campus and throughout the community. Originally from Mauston, Wisconsin, Moon chose Northern due to the positive and friendly atmosphere and appreciates it for a variety of reasons. “It is a wonderful place to work,” said Moon. “We have hard-working and dedicated administrators, faculty, and staff who truly care about the students and the work they do.”
One of Moon’s favorite campus events is the NSU Honors Breakfast. This annual breakfast, hosted by the Honors Program, provides the opportunity to acknowledge those students who are graduating with Honors, but it also gives students the opportunity to acknowledge their professors for helping them in their educational journey. Moon has nothing but praise for Northern and its outstanding students. One does not have to speak to Moon very long to see how much she truly loves her students. Working with them is one of her favorite parts of what she refers to as her “dream job.” In addition, Moon also enjoys observing the various teaching candidates in the classroom during their junior field and student teaching experiences. Moon could not be more proud of how her pupils continue to grow and begin their careers. Moon adds, “Our teacher candidates continue to impress me with their passion, talents, and creative ideas.” Moon’s strong passion for teaching and helping others goes beyond the classroom. She serves as the advisor for the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) student group. She admires the group’s willingness to volunteer at various events for children in the Aberdeen community throughout the year. Besides teaching and volunteering in the community, Moon is also working on several other interesting projects. Currently, she serves as the co-chair for the new iPad initiative in the NSU School of Education and is a part of a state-wide collaborative literacy education team called CEEDAR. Moon has also created and reviewed resources for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library and coordinated the Back-to-School Workshop for approximately 800 local P-12 teachers held in August. In 2016, Moon will lead a group of 16 students on a study abroad trip to Italy with Dr. Gayle Bortnem. During her free time, Moon enjoys visiting family in Wisconsin and Minnesota, taking her boys to the pool, and reading as many books as possible.