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Terry likes to help people. That's why he became a teacher, a consultant, and a psychotherapist. "I'm a helper. It's what I do, and it's the core of my personality. It makes sense, then, that I would gravitate toward a career that would allow me to help others. I see potential in children and do my best to help them believe in and cultivate that potential."
Never far from a classroom, Terry has served as a classroom teacher, basic skills teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and literacy coach. He holds a master’s degree in psychotherapy and cognitive coaching and travels throughout the United States consulting with classroom teachers and literacy specialists.
Terry loves the connections he makes with children when they are actively engaged in the learning process and motivated to learn more. "I'm energized by the laughter, the quizzical looks, the conversations, and the sense of wonder we share as a community as we move from one topic to another. I take pride in the fact that I am an agent of change in the lives of children every day, and that when it's all said and done, I can honestly say that I made a difference in the life of a child."
When it comes to teaching teachers, Terry believes that instruction in a PD setting should be just as differentiated as in the classroom. "Adult learners deserve the same intentionality and reflection in planning that we use with our students. Teachers are busy. They don't have time for fluff, and I try to keep this in mind when I'm planning presentations. Workshops should be fun, fast-paced, engaging, and interesting. We learn best when we feel safe enough to take risks, so my presentations are casual and respect the fact that we're all in different places in our learning."
Terry is the author of Adventures in Graphica: Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension (2007) and The Construction Zone: Building Scaffolds for Readers and Writers (2015). In his free time, he is an avid reader and likes to travel, especially with friends and family.
Terry continues to work in classrooms as a literacy interventionist in San Antonio. He's also recently joined the Stenhouse Publishers team as a part-time literacy editor. Connect with Terry on Twitter (@TerryTreads).