On the afternoon of a warm Sunday, Ann Moy, wearing a gray sweater and simple, elegant jewelry, returns from her weekend job at Chinatown’s China Pearl. Moy presently works three different jobs. In addition to working at China Pearl Restaurant on the weekends, Moy has been a volunteer board member at the Castle Square Tenants Organization for over 30 years. She’s also volunteered on the Chinatown Land Trust Committee for four years.
Growing up with her older brother and sisters, Moy gained maturity through her siblings. She watched how they interacted with people, and noticed the ways they dealt with problems. She was always interested in teaching, so after she graduated from BPS, she pursued a bachelor’s in education at Boston State College and received her master’s in education at Lesley College. She loves kids and was inspired to teach by her mom, who loved to study but never had a chance to teach in China. She also was inspired by watching her nieces and nephews grow up. Her BPS elementary teachers inspired her to go into teaching too.
After graduating from college, Moy worked as a senior social worker at Villa Victoria in the South End. Then, she had another opportunity to work in Acorn Day Care Center and taught for two-and-a-half years before landed a teaching job with Boston Public Schools in a brand new class called Early Childhood Special Needs in 1985. Moy would go on to have a 33-year career with BPS.
In 1987, the Castle Square Apartments were being sold to a developer, so Mony and her colleague Debbie Backus formed a tenants’ group called the Castle Square Tenants Organization.
“My goal is to just come in and help out as much as I can,” she said.
She wanted to learn more about the sale and get involved so she could help her community and advocate for the tenants. She was a secretary on the CSTO board, and then later became the president, the position she holds today.
On the weekends, she continues working at China Pearl because she loves to interact with people she meets from near and far.
Throughout Moy’s career, she has been blessed to work with people who gave her smiles, laughter, encouragement, and support. She has worked with people who have different perspectives and different personalities, but she always stays focused on the goal, despite her challenges. She solves problems through open communication with the team, allowing them to find a common solution.
As I leave Moy’s office behind, I feel moved by her words and thoughts. I felt that she was passionate about helping the community and learned a lot from her understanding of working with other people. “I hope people come back to CSTO generation after generation and bring new ideas to their community and carry on the tradition in CSTO,” said Moy. She wants to set a precedent in the community for the next generations to follow.