DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Karen Moore
In her role as the office associate for the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Leflore County, Karen Moore has helped the Extension office run smoothly for 20 years.
“I answer the phones, take messages and handle all of the paperwork that comes through the office,” Moore said. “I also help out with 4-H and county development and anything else that needs to be done. I guess I just do a little bit of everything.”
Although office tasks take up a large part of her workday, Moore said the best part about her job is working with the 4-H youth who come in and out of the office.
“I just love my job,” Moore said. “I get to help with the 4-H kids a lot and see them whenever they come to the office. I like helping them with their photography projects and watching their robotics workshops.”
Occasionally, Moore travels to Extension and 4-H conferences to attend workshops and lectures or chaperone 4-H’ers.
“One time I got to go to Little Rock because our county agent couldn’t go, so I went to help keep up with the kids from our county,” she said. “It was an educational experience, as well as a lot of fun.”
Moore said her job in the Extension office inspired her to volunteer as a 4-H leader. For 12 years, she helped youth involved in 4-H shooting sports.
“It’s great to see those children be able to learn the different safety measures for shooting sports and progress to the different competition levels,” Moore said. “It’s very rewarding to help with that.”
When she’s not working or volunteering, Moore enjoys reading and playing hymns on the piano.
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