Wake County superintendent now uses her Hispanic first name


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Wake County Schools Superintendent Catty Moore smiles as she speaks with a student at Fuller Elementary School in this 2018 file photo. Moore used to be called Cathy, but went back to using her legal first name of Catty.

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Wake County Superintendent Catty Moore has returned to her cultural roots and now uses her Hispanic first name.

Since September, the superintendent has ceased to bear the name of Cathy Moore which she has known for decades. Moore said she made the change to reconcile different federal documents that mentioned her legal first name of Catty and others that said Cathy.

“It’s not a statement,” Moore said in an interview Tuesday. “He lines up all the IDs, so it’s the same.”

Moore, whose maiden name is Quiroz, was 2 years old in the 1960s when her mother moved the family from Ecuador to America.

In 2018, Moore became Wake County’s first Latina superintendent and first female superintendent.

The school board is due to vote Tuesday on extending Moore’s contract for another year through June 2026. Moore’s annual base salary is $328,505.

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T. Keung Hui has been covering K-12 education for the News & Observer since 1999, helping parents, students, school employees and the community understand the vital role education plays in North Carolina. Its primary focus is Wake County, but it also covers statewide education issues.

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