We all love being a mom, before we talk about mom life, share with us who you are. We want to know your story- what do you love to do? what are you passionate about?
My name is Terri and I am a proud 66 years old. I am happily married with 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
My story is a long one and includes ups and downs, but two of my experiences were life changing. When I was 10 years old my mom and dad decided to get a divorce. My dad was a Denver policeman and my mom worked in an office. I spent most of my time hanging out with my best friend and trying to find adventure. In 1963, divorce was uncommon and suddenly my life changed forever. My best friend could no longer hang out with me and shortly after the divorce, my mom took my brother and me to Grand Junction so she could finish her previously interrupted education at Mesa State. After one year we moved to Greeley where she eventually got her teaching degree at UNC.
From the age of 10 to the age of 17, my life was in constant turmoil. While my mom was getting her education, she was also working 3 jobs. This left my brother and I to fend for ourselves, and as many young people living in poverty and fending for themselves, I made many bad choices. Fortunately, I made it through those years with minimal scarring.
I graduated from Greeley West HS when I was 17 years old and the next day got on the bus and went to meet my boyfriend of 6 months in Kansas City, MO. We lived there for a year, got married and returned to Greeley. We had 2 children and were divorced by the time I was 25. As a young, divorced single mom, I decided to go back to school and become a teacher. I was lucky enough to be selected for a elementary/bilingual cohort and graduated with a BA in elementary/bilingual education.
For 28 years I was a classroom teacher and a building administrator.
I have been retired from District Six for 10 years and currently serve as the proud vice president on the District Six Board of Education. I am also the Executive Director for SEVA Community, a non-profit organization supporting early literacy and oral language development in children ages 0-5 years. I have lived and worked in north central Greeley for most of my life and as a teen mother and a young person growing up in poverty and dysfunction, I realize the importance of having a strong support system and access to resources.
SEVA means “selfless service to the community” and since 2011, SEVA has provided meaningful, free interactive opportunities to families. In addition to supporting early literacy and oral language development, it is also important to create a community of support for families.
As a school board member, I have the responsibility and opportunity to ensure that every student has access to resources and a high-quality education.
Until I am no longer able to serve young people in my community, that is what I will do, in whatever way I can.
Our state is beautiful what outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I am a Colorado native and have lived in the San Luis Valley, the southwestern corner, the western slope and the front range. I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and snowshoeing in this beautiful place we call home.