Theodore (Ted) Moore has joined the Northern Oklahoma College staff as Title III Native American Student Success Specialist. He will head the Cultural Engagement Center, scheduled to open in the fall, leading the development and piloting of culturally aligned individual coaching and other student support.
His mission at NOC is to assist students “to succeed in college; to succeed in life; have honor, and pride in living our Native culture; foster love for family, relatives and friends; and being close to our Creator.”
In 1994, he was selected as one of ten Native students nationally to study toward the Master of Education degree in Gifted and Talented Education for Native American students at Oklahoma City University and earned the degree in 1995.
His previous work experience includes helping to establish and then serving as Development Director for the statewide Native Arts Circle nonprofit arts agency in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota; working as American Indian lead teacher for the St. Paul School District Indian Education program; and serving as an art teacher and curriculum development specialist at the World Cultures and American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul,
For the past 18 years, Moore has worked for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Pawnee, Kaw and Osage nations in administration, as a grant writer, as a director of operations and as an education director. He served over eight years as the Osage Nation Education Director.
In 2013, he was one of 28 Native leaders undergoing training in Native American leadership in philanthropic and nonprofit sectors at the Circle of Leadership Academy (CoLA), a component of Native Americans in Philanthropy in Minneapolis.
An enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Moore is also of Osage, Pawnee, and Sac and Fox heritage. He has been involved with his Native traditions and culture throughout his life and is a traditional straight dancer. He is a lifelong participant in the Osage Eloska ceremonies and enjoys learning the Osage language. He also participates in his Pawnee Kitkahaki Band ceremonies and in his Otoe-Missourian tribal culture.
Moore is married to Terry Mason Moore, an attorney at law who works for various tribes and organizations. The couple’s four adult children are Jessica Harjo, Dillon Moore and twins Erica Pretty Eagle Moore and Elizabeth Star Moore.