We had the good fortune of connecting with Twanta Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Twanta, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a single mother and an African American woman, I want to build not only generational wealth but generational habits. Unfortunately, I did not learn money management habits such as investing, saving, and building a business growing up, and I strongly believe that it is time to break unhealthy cycles. I want to leave a legacy of wealth behind for my children and my future grandchildren.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an educator with nine years of expertise, my journey to success has had its share of stumbling blocks. I am a mother, educator, doctoral student, and businesswoman who strives to motivate and enlighten marginalized groups. I am excited to be a voice to those who have been silenced. My primary focus is on the student experience and meeting the needs of all students. I am a strong believer in culturally relevant teaching pedagogies, and through these pedagogies, we can aim at closing the “opportunity gap.” Currently, I serve as a 504 coordinator in Leander Texas, a growing district northwest of Austin, Texas, and as an adjunct instructor at Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black college located in Austin, Texas. In my current role as a 504 coordinator, I aspire to shed light on the barriers and obstacles of students with learning impairments and disabilities. My goal is to focus on the strengths of students in special programs. I intend to dismantle social stigmas placed on students with disabilities and improving institutional equity, and this is where the birth of my book, “I am more than a just a 504!” began. As an adjunct instructor at Huston-Tillotson University, my goal is to prepare aspiring educators for the field. Alongside the listed professions, I own an independent tutoring company, “Defeating the Odds Tutoring Service.” As a single parent, I am aware that tutoring can be costly. Our company provides low-cost tutoring services to families in need. I have learned that through prayer and faith, anything in life is possible. If it were easy everyone would be doing it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Austin, Texas has some of the finest food, to have the most exquisite time of your life there is nothing like a food tour of independently black-owned restaurants. First stop, Paradise on ice for Daquiris on the go! Next up, Anything’s Baked Potatoes for Taco & Tequila Tuesdays, need some southern comfort? Check out Lillie Mae’s Comfort food for the best burgers in town. Looking for something sweet? Head to The Rolling Rooster for chicken and waffles. Feeling Caribbean? Get over to Tony’s Jamaican food for Oxtails and Jerk chicken. Lastly, if you need a nice crowd and good vibes stop by Down South Cajun eats “Taste so Good~Don’t Make No Sense.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give credit to Peggy McDonald, my loving mother, who stands by me every step of the way, and my family and friends who support all of my endeavors.
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