A teacher at Abilene High since 1993, Moore is one of 15 educators in the state honored in 2013 for teaching excellence in humanities fields such as language arts and social studies in Texas K-12 schools. Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a nonprofit, educational organization that conducts and supports public programs in history, literature, philosophy and other humanities disciplines.
In addition to his teaching duties, Moore serves as chairman of the Social Studies Department at AHS and is an award-winning local historian. His video series featuring Abilene and Taylor County, “History in Plain Sight,” has been a regular feature on local television since 2009.
Also a published author and presenter, Moore previously received the 2011 National Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History, the 2011 Maxine Perini Award from the Taylor County Historical Commission and the 1996 Spotlight Teacher of the Year Award from AISD.
Moore holds a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Hardin-Simmons University. He was nominated by Abilene ISD curriculum administrator Gaile Thompson and recommended with letters provided by Dr. Heath Burns, AISD superintendent; Jennifer Raney, AHS principal; Lawrence E. Gill, vice president and grants administrator for the Dodge Jones Foundation; and Jane Beard, grants administrator for the Dian Graves Owen Foundation.
In conjunction with the award, Moore will receive a check for $5,000 from Humanities Texas, which also will donate $500 to AHS to purchase humanities instructional materials or improve humanities courses and programs.