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Dr. Julie Moore

Welcome to Discovery Middle School, home of the Blue Jays! Discovery Middle School originally opened its doors in 2004 as South Valley Junior High, serving 8th and 9th graders. We transitioned into a middle school in 2013, welcoming students in grades 6-8. Our building is a feeder school to Liberty High School.

I have been in Liberty since 2003. I had the pleasure of helping to open this building in 2004 when I served as the Assistant Principal.  I served five years in that role before becoming the Principal in 2009.  Prior to that, I taught English Language Arts at both Liberty Junior High and in the Columbia, MO School District.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education, Masters of Education in Administration, Educational Specialist in Administration, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. My husband and I are huge Tiger fans!  Besides watching the Tigers win, I enjoy reading and decorating. We welcomed our son in January 2014.

Middle school is such a critical time in young adolescents’ lives. It is a truly a time of “discovery” for them. What we do each day helps to shape them academically, emotionally, socially, and behaviorally.  Every day brings a new adventure! We have a great staff that is ready to make each Discovery Blue Jay the best they can be! I look forward to serving your family in the upcoming school years.



Dr. Julie Moore

Mrs. Courtney Dickerson

The 2016-2017 school year marks my 15th year as an educator in the Liberty Public School District.  Before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2012, I taught English-Language Arts at Liberty Junior High and South Valley Junior High. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Masters of Education Administration from Park University, and Educational Specialist in Administration from Northwest University. 


When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our daughter.  Each day at Discovery Middle School, we strive to provide dynamic experiences to help students discover their voice and reach their full potential.  I feel truly fortunate to be a part of an amazing team at DMS and am excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, supportive parents, and a caring community. 


I look forward to working with you and your family throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  Go Blue Jays!


Mrs. Courtney Dickerson

Assistant Principal