Beyond the Badge

Pleasant Valley prison teacher pens children’s book

A Pleasant Valley State Prison teacher holds a children's book he wrote.
C. Robert Moore, a teacher at Pleasant Valley State Prison, wrote a children's book.

Educator Colin Moore finds creative balance through writing

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

Educator Colin Moore, who goes by the penname C. Robert Moore, found a creative way to balance life with the pressures of work. Using his storytelling talent and decades of teaching experience, Moore wrote a book to help children learn about self-image.

The book, “Patrick the Pudgy Penguin,” can be purchased through various online book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

How long have you worked for CDCR? What did you do before becoming a teacher at PVSP?

I’ve worked for CDCR for 14 years. Prior to that I taught middle school, community college, and also at a university in Korea.

Outside of work, what hobbies do you enjoy?

Outside of work I enjoy camping, fishing, and playing guitar.

Have you written any other books? Do you plan to write more books in the future?

I hope to retire in about 5-7 years and am hoping to start a second career as a writer; writing children’s books seemed like a fun way to begin.

I’ve written a second book about a moose who escapes from the zoo, but I need to find someone to illustrate it for me – my artistic ability is limited.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Teaching for CDCR has been extremely rewarding and I’d like to think I’ve had a positive impact on the inmates who have gone through my GED class, but after I retire I’d like to work from home, and writing seems to be an ideal work-from-home occupation.

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