Schriever school liaison helps students ‘thrive’
By Heather S. Marsh, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 31, 2020
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
According to the Department of Defense Education Activity, the average child in a military family will move six to nine times during their school career.
Fortunately for Team Schriever families and their 1,400 school-aged children, Ruth Moore, 50th Force Support Squadron Child and Youth Education Services school liaison, is available to help.
"Ruth is committed to helping families ensure their children receive a quality education, no matter their circumstances,” said Stacy Compton, 50th FSS Child and Youth Services flight chief.
Moore, who has more than 24 years of military experience including time as a military spouse, takes the whole-child approach when helping students.
“This means not only focusing on academics, but also the emotional and social well-being of the student,” said Moore. “It also includes more family and community connection to ensure students complete school with practical life skills.”
Though moving is challenging for most people, military families can face unique stressors.
“Military-connected children change schools about four times more than non-military families,” said Moore. “That’s quite a different educational experience than their peers.”
According to Moore, common stressors for military families include:
- Frequent moves
- Military deployments
- Cultural changes
- Military lifestyle challenges
- Lack of continuity
- School adjustment issue
Moore, strives to provide resources and real-time solutions for students and families coping with these stressors. She also collaborates with community school administrators to advocate for military families and gathers the latest information about Colorado Springs school districts and local education services impacting Team Schriever.
Because educational options and laws vary by state, Airmen with school-aged children often need help navigating the differences in education systems.
“Whether Airmen choose to enroll their children in public, private or charter schools, or opt for homeschooling, and now online schools, we can help,” Moore said.
Additionally, Moore said her office is equipped to help families understand common educational challenges such as:
- Available school options
- Kindergarten requirements
- Entrance/exit testing
- Transferring records
- Course sequencing
- Graduation requirements
- Extra-curricular activities
“We want Schriever students, not to only survive, but to thrive,” said Moore.
For more information about services or upcoming events, call Moore at 567-6176.