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Leaders to Learn From: Rebecca Moe, Director of Athletics

Director of Athletics Rebecca Moe describes her 20-year tenure at the school as “longer than some of the buildings have been on campus.” She always radiates with Puma Pride and an enthusiasm for athletics.

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Rebecca Moe describes her 20-year tenure at the school as “longer than some of the buildings have been on campus.” As young adults, Rebecca and her husband drove out to Seattle in 1998 in search of “somewhere new.” She joined the UPrep staff in 1999 and always radiates Puma Pride and an enthusiasm for athletics.

What brought you to UPrep?

UPrep has been a great fit for me and my family (my kids are Kedzie '20 and Decker '22). I was excited to have the opportunity to work in athletics administration. I believe I can make a difference in the lives of our students by supporting them and ensuring that each student has a valuable athletics experience.

I believe UPrep strikes the right balance with our athletics program. Our focus is on inclusion and we make that a reality through our no-cut program. But, we also strive for excellence and are in it to win it. This means that we support the student who has never played a sport before, as well as the student athlete who is striving to win a state championship.

What are your favorite sports?

I played basketball, soccer, and softball in high school and softball in college at Fordham University in New York. But I don’t have a favorite sport – they are ALL my favorite—just like my kids! I want each student, coach, and sport that we offer at UPrep to all feel like they are my favorite.

What have been some of your favorite UPrep moments so far this year?

There have been some great moments to celebrate this year. One highlight was the addition of Da’Mon Perry as Assistant Athletic Director. It rejuvenates me to have a new teammate! He brings a different perspective than me, which makes us a perfect team. We also had a successful fall season with our Boys Cross Country team winning its first league championship since 1983. Go Pumas!

How do you flex your leadership muscle?

UPrep is where leaders learn. UPrep has given me every opportunity to develop my skills and support my professional growth. I am currently participating in the Pathways to Leadership program through NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools), a two-year cohort-based program to support and develop female-identified senior leaders who are interested in becoming a head of school in the next three to five years. I’m also on the Executive Board of the Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Administrators Association (read this recent piece by Rebecca in the WSSAAA January 2019 newsletter). Only 14 percent of high school athletic directors are women, and I’m excited to be creating a grassroots network to support up-and-coming female directors.

What are you currently reading?

In December, I attended the NIAAA National Athletic Director Conference in San Antonio. I learned about book studies as a tool to support leadership development. They gave us a list of leadership books, but they were all written by men! So I charged myself with finding additional resources written by women to add to the book list. Here are my additions; I’d welcome other suggestions:

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  • Reach for the Summit by Pat Summit and Sally Jenkins
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In addition to reading, I enjoy hiking, and I run every Sunday with a group. I’ve recently taken up paddle boarding. And of course, I love hanging out with my kids!

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