Terry assists the Michigan Department of Education on implementing systemic social-emotional learning (SEL). She brings an equity lens and experience in early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) workforce pathways. She also provides career technical education (CTE) credentialing for Child Development Associate and Michigan School-Age Youth Development Credentials. Terry frequently meets with clients and the current communities of practice to assure initiative quality via continuous improvement, regular reporting, and research specific areas of interest. She also serves on a team to create SEL implementation "briefs" and ECE and OST marketing materials.
Terry’s previous work included multiple projects for our Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center, where she helped to build state education agency capacities in a range of fields. She worked in rural and distressed regions of Appalachia on issues of student achievement and college and career awareness and access. Terry also has experience in K-16 program design and implementation of standards and evidence-based content and strategies. While at the University of Tennessee, Terry served as a resource collaborative director managing a National Science Foundation Rural Systemic Hub and a project director for a U.S. Department of Education GEARUP project. Terry has had extensive interactions with scientists, mathematicians and engineers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and she is an experienced facilitator and presenter and skilled in convening and working with various organizations, agencies, industry and government leaders, and small and large groups of administrators and educators.
Terry began her professional career as a science educator in Missouri and Tennessee. While teaching in Knox County, Tennessee, she was awarded Master Teacher status and helped open and teach at a dropout recovery high school for Knox County Schools.