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Exit Interviews: Ms Al Moreno

Updated: May 30, 2023

Photo by Cooper Hess CC-BY

It is the end of the school year which means that we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 5 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with each of these educators.

Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews


Ms Al Moreno

Years at AES: 11 Years, 2012 - 2023

Next Stop: The International School of Kuala Lumpur

Courses Taught: English 8, DIY

How many years you have been at AES and what were those years:

11 years, 2012-2023

What will you miss most about AES?

I will miss my students and incredible colleagues the most. I know it's cliche and cheesy--but it's also just the truth. Also the flowers in February and March. And the monsoon rains in August and September. Dang...I'm going to miss so much about this place.

What is the best part about being a teacher at AES?

The best part of being a teacher at AES is getting to learn with and from my students in one of the most fascinating and welcoming countries I have had the privilege of experiencing.

What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step?

I will be a Middle School Humanities teacher at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL). I am so excited to continue to grow as a professional in a new environment--being here for 11 years has been such an honor, and I'm really excited to be NEW somewhere. I am also VERY excited about the incredible beaches, jungles, and food that Malaysia has to offer.

How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you?

AES as been homebase for the most fullfilling chapter in my life: I got married one week before moving here and just over a year later had my first child. I started my family here and because of that, AES is inextricably linked to the very foundation of who we are as a family. I have grown more than I ever knew possible and I am leaving a better person and educator than I was when I got here. I am grateful to everyone who has been part of this chapter--with all of the mistakes and successes that have come with it. Please keep do the important and, at times, uncomfortable and even difficult work of creating a more just and compassionate community--and I promise to do the same where I am.


What Students Had To Say:


Josie, Grade 8

What will you remember about this teacher?

She is nice, funny and understands everyone.

What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher?

It was fun playing games with her in English on a workshop Wednesday.

What makes this teacher unique?

She is unique because she does fun activities in her classes and is not strict about due dates.

Abe, Grade 8

What will you remember about this teacher?

I will remember her enthusiastic, positive attitude.

What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher?

During Critical Literacy in Movies class, we had started to watch Batman but the school continued to block Netflix contrary to our requests.

What makes this teacher unique?

What makes Mrs. Al Moreno unique is her strong belief in certain values. When I noticed this it made me think about my values and how I follow them.

Junso, Grade 8

What will you remember about this teacher? I'll remember her enthusiasm and understanding of us.

What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher?

She's always bright and brightens the class's mood.

What makes this teacher unique?

She has such a friendly attitude and is always willing to help us no matter what.

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