Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Awards for Sustained Excellence in Teaching
At Commencement, Professor John Noell Moore received the Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award to recognize his excellence in teaching throughout his career. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1969 (A.B. with Honors in English).
Retiring as Professor of Education, Moore has taught for more than 40 years; he taught public school English in Virginia for almost two decades before becoming a teacher of teachers. Before joining the SOE faculty in 1999, he was the English educator at Purdue University (1996-1999), where each year he received the English Department’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. During his fifteen years at William & Mary, he taught courses in curriculum and instruction for pre-service secondary English teachers, serving as their SOE advisor and supervising them in their practica and student teaching internships.
According to his Graves Award citation, “students have praised Professor Moore’s passion for teaching, his depth of knowledge in the field, and his mastery of facilitating class discussions.”
During his tenure at William and Mary, Moore has been recognized for his teaching with the Dorman Family Distinguished Term Professorship and the Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also received the Award for Instructional Leadership from the Virginia Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
“Dr. Moore makes his students want to be the very best,” wrote one nominator. “In my opinion, this is the true testament of a great teacher. He constantly reminded us to strive for excellence, and his mantra echoes through my mind on a daily basis as I try to impart the same life lessons to my students.”