Thursday, September 8, 2016

Remembering Teresa Moore

Education never stops, especially when you work in higher education. That was the case for Teresa Moore. She started her career at Vol State in 2003 as an instructor in the Business Division and went on to teach in the Office Management Technology program as associate professor. She returned to school in 2014-2015 to acquire additional graduate hours to teach CIT /Cybersecurity course content. Recently she acquired IT certifications and Cisco Academy training to bring a new dimension to her teaching. She had just been named Business Chair when she died suddenly from a stroke. 

"Teresa's deep faith was reflected in all she did and in all she was; she cared, she loved, she gave- that was Teresa," said Business and Technology dean, Patty Anderson. "To her Vol State family, she was a brilliant yet humble colleague and a friend who pursued each task with a commitment to excellence.
To her students, community, and church she gave hope, encouragement, support and strength in guidance. To her family, she was everything. For all who knew her, she was inspiring and passionate about the things she believed in. As a donor, she was still giving hope; still touching lives- even in death. That was Teresa Moore- our Vol State treasure."

"Teresa was such a joy to work with at Volunteer State!," former Business dean and now director of International Education, John Espey said. "She was always on top of technology advances, working with students in a most professional fashion, and of course she was always full of encouragement, maintained the highest professional standards, and radiated kindness for all.  We encouraged her to apply to the Netherlands exchange program and she was  quickly chosen for a faculty exchange by the Dutch program  in Amsterdam. She  completed a great exchange program visiting The Netherlands and then hosting a counterpart faculty member in her home. To know and work with Teresa and learn from her these past years has been a privilege and an honor."

"She was a brilliant lady, a mutual Tennessee fan and graduate, and she wore cool shoes," said friend and colleague Phillip Hearn.

"I requested her to be my advisor from that point on and she agreed,” said student Brad Howell in a letter read at Teresa’s funeral. “She gave me the advice I needed to change my major to Cyber Defense and get my first round of classes set up. She also told me to "suck it up" when I complained about having to do Gen Ed classes instead of just doing all of the "fun techy ones". She kept me straight. Finally, and the thing that sticks out the most to me, she wrote me a recommendation for a scholarship that would have won me the Presidency. The things she said will stick with me the rest of my life. She didn't have to do this, but she went out of her way for me on this.”

"Teresa was a fantastic person—she was mild mannered; always helpful; loved her students," said friend and colleague Louise Stephens. "And, she was super organized, always prepared, always did her part and more of any assignment. She was talented—folks in this marveled at her beautiful voice; she played the piano, and flute; and was a whiz on a computer!  She was a strong Christian and lived the Christian life daily.  She was beautiful; talented; fair minded; and one of the most intellectually blessed in Vol State’s entire employee arena.  We miss her already—and will continue in the future."  

Teresa was always willing to help out with a photo shoot. We thought we would share these pictures of her with the President's Ambassadors from the summer of 2015. The smile says it all.

1 comment:

  1. Oh no. Prior to 2003 she taught Computer classes at Gallatin High School. She was one of my favorite teachers and my mentor for my senior project. She will be deeply missed.