Principal Moscowitz Leaves His Mark On The Community

In addition to extended family, friends, students and colleagues, Moscowitz leaves behind his wife Christine and their three daughters, Noelle, Alexis and Hailey.

UPDATE: Click here to read about the candlelight vigil held for Principal Mosowitz at Lakeside High School.

Terribly sad.

That’s the mood that's fallen over Lake Elsinore since hearing the news that former Lakeside High School Principal Jason Roy Moscowitz is gone.

The 37-year-old husband and father d In addition to extended family, friends, students and colleagues, he leaves behind his wife Christine and their three daughters, Noelle, Alexis and Hailey.

“Jason left us a legacy,” said current Lakeside principal Dr. Peter Hopping. “He taught me his work ethic. He created such a culture of high accomplishment and achievement. He believed in the students.”

Hopping, who is also married with three children, has been Moscowitz’s friend and colleague. Both men started out as assistant principals at Santiago High School and eventually came to Lakeside.

Moscowitz helped shape the Lake Elsinore campus. He had been principal there for three years before taking a position this summer in the Hemet Unified School District as director of professional development.

Lakeside High has a mission that together students and faculty will R.I.S.E and L.E.A.D, which stand for Respect, Integrity, Scholarship, Effort, Legacy, Excellence, Ability and Determination.

“Jason lived the school mission,” Hopping said.

Susie Zema, Moscowitz’s former secretary at Lakeside, was full of emotion Friday.

“Jason was so silly, always smiling,” she said. “It was like Jason never left us. He was always calling, asking what we were doing. I am speechless. I really can’t talk about it right now…”

“The educational community lost an advanced thinker, a person with a different mind frame. He was all about the kids,” said Chris Jones, vice president and general manager of the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Jones said he and Moscowitz were neighbors and had become close over the years. Moscowitz was great with kids and he was an exceptional educator who made a mark in the community, Jones explained.

“I hope the students at Lakeside High carry on his legacy,” he said.

Jeff Greene, chief of staff for Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore), met Moscowitz at one of Lakeside High’s "Student of the Month" lunches. Greene said Moscowitz’s youthful spirit and boyish looks caught him off guard at first.

“I remember the first time I saw him. I wasn’t totally sure whether he was a student or a teacher, only to find out that he was the principal!” Greene said.

Superintendent of the Hemet Unified School District Dr. Steven Lowder was in Columbus, Ohio, when he got a 3 a.m. call Friday and learned of his colleague’s death.

“I got the first plane out and arrived back in town at noon today,” said Lowder, who talked about Moscowitz’s abilities and aspirations of becoming a school superintendent.

“My goal was to help him achieve that,” Lowder said. “He was so talented...”

is scheduled at Lakeside High School Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. --Michelle Mears-Gerst

Jamie Webber October 29, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Jason you had so much more to teach me! You saw potential in me and have pushed me to grow as an educator. I'm devastated at the lost opportunity to learn from such a respected educator.
Lori stocks October 29, 2011 at 06:16 PM
You always helped me out when I needed it, whether it was personally escorting a student out of the classroom to support my stance, or give me personal days to see my son graduate boot camp in Georgia. Thanks for sharing time with us at Lakeside. Your legacy will live on. Lori Stocks
Anthony October 29, 2011 at 06:36 PM
I had the opportunity to meet this man. He was a very nice guy! The unexpected nature of this tragedy is just so sad and it just make's your head spin. My heart go's out to his wife and kids. I will be at the candle light vigil for him tonight at Lake Side HS...
William Tublin October 31, 2011 at 03:30 AM
he was my cousin and a great friend
Natassha Holguin November 13, 2011 at 11:29 PM
One of the few people who had a great heart and knew how to use it.... Thank you sir, you helped me through the roughest of times.. R.I.P J.M.
danielle k. ward May 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
all i can say is you made me a better person, i went from a typical troubled teen with hate in my heart to a person with dignity and respect for myself, an i am on the way to building the life how i want it to be


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