Faculty Profiles

LaSonya Moore, Ed.D


LaSonya Moore

Phone: 727-873-4153
Office: USF St. Petersburg campus, COQ 216A
Email: llmoore@usf.edu 

LaSonya L. Moore, Ed.D, is a passionate and persistent social justice and equity change agent. She is driven by what she has coined as “teacher persistence.” Her research examines equity and social justice in educational institutions serving urban students. More specifically, she focuses on the qualities, dispositional attributes and supports that enable urban teachers to remain in high-poverty, low-performing schools (“teacher persistence”) which is affected by individual dispositions, leadership, school districts and policy.

Moore is a co-founder of the National Urban Special Education Leadership Network (NUSELNET), a national network of progressive educational leaders in the field of Special Education and Leadership. She is dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of all individuals, especially individuals with exceptionalities, while improving opportunities for those who teach, lead and work side-by-side with students daily. Moore’s recent publications have focused on rural and urban educator persistence and dispositions, developing a well-contended urban teacher/leader pipeline and culturally relevant classrooms. She also has a State Principalship certification.

Moore teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in education. She provides service to K-12 schools by delivering speeches and workshops to students, teachers, assistant principals, principals and district leaders. Moore has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2017 Florida Administrator of the Year, the 2018 College of Education Faculty Member of Service Award and the 2019-2020 McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship by the Florida Education Foundation in partnership with the University of South Florida.


  • MA, University of South Florida
  • Ed.D, University of Central Florida