2019 Mae Timmons Moore

MS North Carolina Senior America 2019

Mae Timmons Moore

Mae was born the youngest of four children and raised by her father in Winston-Salem, NC after her mother died when Mae was age 5.  She has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Tony for 45 years.  Tony and Mae have two adult children.  Anthony II and Stephanie and 4 wonderful grandchildren.

With a passion for education, Mae continued her undergraduate degree as an adult student.  She was presented a proposal by her son Anthony that since she was his writing coach throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies, if she went back to school to complete her degree, he would pay for the 1st semester.  Not only did Mae accept the proposal, she vowed to graduate with a higher GPA than he.  Mae majored in Political Science with a minor in English.

At Winston-Salem State University Mae became actively involved with promoting the needs of adult students.  An avid believer in the anonymous quote that states, “If you aren’t willing to work for it, don’t complain about not having it”  she joined and later became president of the Non-traditional Adult Student Association (NASO).  During her tenure, Mae was able to negotiate with university administration and faculty to increase the frequency of classes needed by seniors to complete their degrees on schedule from once every 12 months to every semester for senior level courses.  This action increasing course availability reduced tuition cost and eliminated the need to register for non-major “filler” courses to maintain full-time status.  Under her leadership, Winston-Salem State University became the 1st HBCU to be seminar presenters at the Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) conference.  Mae studied and completed her research on Women in Politics in Modern Day Africa at the University of Cape and the University of Ghana.  After completing her undergraduate studies with a GPA that surpassed her son’s, Mae pursued her master’s degree in Adult Education and certification in Community College Teaching at North Carolina A&T State University.

Mae’s love for teaching and mentoring children has kept her going back “just one more year” since her actual retirement four years ago.  She has 25 “favorite” students from whom she looks forward to receiving hugs from every school day.  Although she treats every student the same, she takes time to insure that each feels special.