Fourteen years ago Dr. Dorothy Travis Moore began a journey that was inspired by God and fueled with faith, hard work, perseverance and a passion to make a difference in the educational lives of children.
Her efforts have propelled the Ceria M. Travis Academy to new heights as the school celebrated its 14th Anniversary on December 2 at its newest facility located at 4744 N. 39th Street.
Ridgestone Bank, an avid supporter that sponsored a family fun day earlier last summer, presented the school with a $2,000 check encouraging it to keep up the good work.
From humble beginnings in the basement of a church on Wisconsin Avenue with three students to now occupying three sites and four buildings and serving a student population of more than 800, Dorothy Travis Moore’s vision of providing quality alternative educational opportunities to prepare students to succeed in life is breaking new ground.
The school has burst on the scene offering an integrative, educational philosophy and strong supportive programming to equip the students and their families as they learn and prepare for life.
The anniversary celebration was as much about the lives that had been touched and transformed as it was about the progression of a dream.
The elementary and junior high school students entertained the audience of family and friends with their chorus, band, and praise
dancing. Several graduates of the school gave testimonials about their life changing experiences
at the school and read poetry and “spit verse” or rapped. The one theme that resonated through the messages shared by the students was that Ceria M. Travis Academy and Dr. Travis-Moore never gave up on them regardless of the need or the peril.
The Ceria M. Travis Academy, Inc. has three schools: the Travis Vocational High School, the Technology High School and the Ceria M. Travis Academy that provides educational placements from four-year old kindergartner through eight grades. Outside of the religious-based programs, the Travis schools are now the largest as well as one of the most successful alternative educational programs in the city.
Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Dorothy moved to Milwaukee in the 1950s as a child with her family. She is a former psychotherapist, veteran educator and educational administrator as well as an evangelist with 35 years of experience that she utilized to build her schools. It is Dr. Travis-Moore’s background and experience that enabled her schools to reach new milestones in alternative education. She is a powerhouse with seemingly boundless energy and creativity and a trailblazer because she is the only person in Milwaukee who has chartered and currently administers three schools.