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District Alumni Spotlight – Todd Moore

District Alumni Spotlight – Todd Moore


[music] [ music ] After graduating from
Jefferson high school in 1982, Todd Moore began a career in the
United States Army that went on to span 30 years. While
serving with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina he was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula as part of a
multinational peacekeeping force and served as part of operation
Urgent Fury in Grenada. He was later detailed to recruiting
duty and served here in Iowa and across the country. Culminating
with this promotion to the highest enlisted grade and his
selection of Command Sergeant Major for the United States Army
recruiting command and then as Chief of Sgt. Major Management
for the U.S. Army. Moore
credits his high school experiences at Jefferson
with leading to his career of service. I think the combination
of both athletics and academics really tied to service in the
United States Army. The commitment to teamwork, you know
you hear these comments all the time but they really hold true,
the interaction the.. different types of people the diversity
that exists in school. To already been exposed to that I
say this is kind of stereotypical but different
parts of our country there are folks that have not been exposed
to the kind of diversity that we have back in the Midwest. Moore
points to several teachers and coaches as mentors of him as a
unique breed kind of student who
was involved with both academics and
the arts. There weren’t many athletes that participated
over the walkway and fine arts. I still have to this day a great
relationship with the director of vocal music at Jefferson now
retired in Tampa, Florida Mr.
Tom Lippert. I was a quarterback and
played basketball, ran track but I was also in Westside
Delegation and concert choir my whole time at Jefferson. I took
some ribbing now and then in the locker room but I was big enough
and strong enough to handle it. I was an average student who
applied those topics to real
life activities or actions that
generally drew my interest and I did better even though I was an
average student Bob Becker was one of those in science. You
just couldn’t say there’s no way you can convince me that physics
or chemistry I was ever going to use again in life. He had a
unique ability to draw me in and to and most students not just me
and apply how we would use these applications later on in life.
Whether it be through a college education or a trade it didn’t
matter they are all relative and they will impact you sometime
later in life even if it’s to help your own kids with their
homework. When asked about changes in the education system
over time, Moore said far too much energy is put in spent on
qualifying young people for college rather than teaching
them. We don’t spend nearly enough time educating our
counseling and assessing people’s ability with their
desires. Measuring aptitude and being able to counsel them as a
department on the secondary education piece whether it’s
college or vo-tech or to the workforce how do we really
measure multiperson’s desires and their aptitude to put them
in a path for success. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m
going to be when I grow up and that’s why I’m so passionate
about this career exploration
piece and how we measure
aptitude and how we
measure desire. I really wish that the public education system across
the United States would spend more time and energy with that
piece. I think we leave far too many behind because we simply
push people to go to college and get a degree. I’ll be honest
with you I’m not so sure that those folks are any smarter than
I am that came right out of high school and went to a branch of
service or when into the workforce. So, what does being
future ready mean to this alum? It means to fill up my kit bag
with every possible tool that I can have to ensure that I will
be absolutely successful but I will be happy. During his
military career Moore earned his Associates degree and earned
significant credits towards his Bachelor’s degree. He and his
wife Tara have been married 31 years and are parents of four
children. He enjoys cycling, running, automobile racing and
Notre Dame football. We happily thank retired Command Sergeant
Major Todd Moore for his service as we congratulate the Jefferson
Hall of Fame member on his outstanding career. [music]


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