Longtime Alexandria educator Arlene (Mickey) Mickelsen Moore passed away Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Alexandria, Virginia. She was born November 19, 1930 in Murray, Utah to A.J. and Ellen Nelson Mickelsen. She attended Jordan District Public Schools, The University of Utah (Bachelor’s Degree -- 1953) and the American University in Washington, D.C. (Masters’ Degree – 1966).
Mickey began her teaching career in the Jordan School District (Midvale Jr. High School) in Utah before moving in 1956 to Alexandria, Virginia where she taught American History and American Government at the newly dedicated Francis C. Hammond High School. In 1971, she transferred to T.C. Williams High School (now Alexandria City High School) where she taught American Government and served as Twelfth grade Assistant Principal.
In 1974, she returned to Hammond High School where she served as Alexandria’s first female high school principal. In 1978, she was appointed Alexandria’s first female Assistant Superintendent. In 1988, she retired after having served 35 years in public education. She inspired thousands of Alexandria students, many of whom remained in close contact.
After retiring, she became active in the Alexandria Retired Teachers’ Association, serving four years as President. She continued her favorite pastimes of reading, entertaining and traveling. For the past 12 years, she has resided at The Fountains at Washington House in Alexandria where she enjoyed new friendships and activities.
Predeceased by her parents, infant sister Ingri Mickelsen and brothers Gordon, Ray and Larry and sister Lorene Mark, she is survived by brothers Lee (Thelma) and Reid (Galen) Mickelsen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial will be at Sandy City Cemetery, Sandy, Utah. Memorial contributions for Mickey may be made to The Scholarship fund of Alexandria, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Va 22302. Please designate your gift for the Roy E. Smith Scholarship Fund in her memory.
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