Tom Moore says he's living proof that you shouldn't let other people bring you down.

The 46-year-old Pleasantville resident grew up in a single-parent household in the projects of Atlantic City and had "all of the trappings of a negative upbringing." However, his mother, the late Rose Moore, constantly encouraged him to achieve.

Moore said that despite the Atlantic City public school system labeling him "learning disabled," putting him in special education classes and telling him to lower his career expectations, he listened to his mother, who told him that he could do whatever he put his mind to. Moore eventually fought his way out of special ed so that by the time he was a sophomore at Atlantic City High School, he was in mainstream classes.

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Moore, a minister at an Atlantic City church, earned two college degrees, an associate in criminal justice from Atlantic Cape Community College and a bachelor's in liberal arts from Thomas Edison University. He works as an inspector for the Casino Control Commission, and he routinely shares his story with area students and churches.

"I remember being pulled out of a class in high school by a teacher, and I was told that I would waste my life pursuing the career I wanted," Moore said. "The day I got my cap and gown from ACCC, I started crying, realizing what a lie that was. I thought, ‘How many kids were told this?' If you have a dream and you feel the desire to do something, do it regardless of what limitations may be placed on you."

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