Since 2015, Ronald Moore has been an automotive body repair instructor at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) in Charlottesville, Virginia where he teaches students from twelve sending schools. There he incorporates I-CAR and Partners in Education (PIE) curriculum. Prior to this role, he taught adult education classes and high school students from five sending schools at Marshall Academy in Virginia.
In addition to these sites, his alma mater, Nashville Auto Diesel College and Mercer County Career Center has shaped him as a teacher today.
"The most rewarding aspect of my job is knowing that I am helping build interests and career paths for young men and women, which will help provide a career to help support their loved ones as well as their own futures."
He says that his parents influenced his decision to become an auto body technician and instructor.
"My late mother was a special education teacher for 25 years, and she taught me the importance of treating all people with respect and how to bring out each student's full potential. My love of cars and teaching is all thanks to my father who taught for more than 40 years in vocational programs."
In January and February of 2018, Ronald served as a member of a NOCTI revision team for two Job Ready titles – Collision Repair and Collision Repair and Refinishing.
"Whether you're a first-year instructor or a long-time veteran instructor, your knowledge of industry needs and trends is critical to updating and creating the assessments that will be used to prepare our students for future success."
Ronald has administered many knowledge-based certification tests to vocational students, and when asked what he most enjoys about NOCTI, he said that he appreciates the skill-based assessment of student knowledge and abilities.
"As auto body instructors, we are few and far between… This experience was a breath of fresh air, to be able to collaborate with fellow professionals. Yes, I would not hesitate to be part of the SME team again–it was fun."