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In every community, there are individuals who dedicate their lives to serving those around them and making their lives better.

Jean Moore is one of those people.

Moore was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the CME Church's One Church, One School program (
"A lifetime achievement award is something they give you when you're old, and they want you to keep working," she laughs.

But Moore has no intention of stopping when it comes to helping those around her live better lives.

The award was presented at the organization's 15th annual Partnership Conference last month in Jackson, held at the Lynch Street CME Church. Other award winners were Mr. Jewell Wagner of Louisiana, and Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, interim president of Jackson State University.

According to its website, One Church One School "utilizes the "P" Principle of total involvement to provide human and fiscal resources to support a nurturing school community environment for student development. Pastors, parishioners,  principals and schools, politicians, popular personalities, and philanthropists all connect the village to the school and child.

Moore has certainly spent her lifetime serving in both education, and her church.

As an instructor, she has taught at both the high school and college levels. Moore retired from Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2001, having served 18 years : 11 years as an English instructor, and seven as the Director of the Division of Languages and Communications. Previously, she had taught high school English, speech, and drama in Coldwater for 23 years.

She counts among her former students others who have gone on to be educators, as well as public officials and entire families of siblings.

In tribute to her contribution to education, Moore's husband Clen established the W. Jean Moore Endowed Scholarship at Northwest, matched with funds by the college, for students majoring in broadcasting, English, Journalism, Modern Foreign Language, or public relations, the area over which she had chaired.

In addition to her educational work, Moore has also served in the church community for many years. Her areas of service have ranged from Sunday School teacher to regional Women's Missionary Society president, to pianist.
Moore's commitment to excellence and education also extended to her family. Her son, Dr. Damon Moore, was a Rhodes Scholar and now works as a pediatrician in Virginia; her other son, Robert Irving Moore is a computer analyst for Sedwick CMS in Memphis; her 15-year-old grandson, Grantham Ja'an Moore, was a Presidential Scholar during the last inauguration; two six-year-old grandchildren, Lara Susan (who Moore says stands taller than her peers in stature and performance) and Gannon Jadiah (who Moore says thrives on outwitting his older brother); and three-year-old Clen Jacob, described as "the grandparents' latest joy!"

Their daughters-in-law are also highly educated women: Dr. Susan Swayze and Dr. Rona Straughter-Moore.

She and her husband now reside in Waterford, Miss., but still attend church at Bates Chapel in Coldwater.

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