Alumna Teaching Teachers in New Role
By the third grade, Jennifer Terry knew she wanted to be a teacher. She had early experiences with the profession from her mother and grandmother, who are retired educators, along with her first-grade teacher. They all ignited her passion for learning. Her interest in teaching and learning led her to TCU, where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008.
“I’m blessed with the opportunity to change lives on a daily basis,” Terry said. “Impacting someone’s future excites me.”
It’s evident that Terry has already changed many lives. She was named Teacher of the Year at Bruce Shulkey Elementary, XTO Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education and selected for the Dallas Mavericks Teacher Recognition Program.
Terry taught for eight years in Fort Worth ISD at Bruce Shulkey Elementary and Westcliff Elementary. She taught Kindergarten, ESL, and third grade math and science. While at Bruce Shulkey she also served as a Gifted and Talented Lead Teacher and an ESL Curriculum Differentiator. She earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from UTA in 2015 and is now wrapping up her first year as an Instructional Coach at Deer Creek Elementary in Crowley ISD.
“I knew I wanted to help teachers a bit more,” Terry said of her career shift. “I still impact students, just through another avenue.”
She said TCU helped prepare her for teaching and for the challenge of undertaking her current role, which was a new position at Deer Creek Elementary.
“At TCU I learned different methods for classroom management from day one, such as reinforcing positive behaviors and creating a behavior contract. I use those methods to this day and suggest them to teachers,” Terry said.
Terry advised students to get as much as they can from their cooperating teachers during student teaching and to stay involved after graduation. She practices what she preaches to teachers – to strive for improvement.
“As a trailblazer in my current position, I’m noting areas of improvement for the upcoming school year,” Terry said. “It’s all about persevering at the end of the day.”