Terry is an education consultant, a lead trainer for Positive Discipline, and a facilitator for Courage to Teach.® He has worked in public schools for 30 years as an administrator and teacher. In 2004, Terry left a position as a central office administrator with Seattle Public Schools to devote more time to Positive Discipline and Courage to Teach.
His last position in Seattle involved leading a team of community mobilizers working with Seattle Schools over the three years to implement a planning system in twenty-six school communities called Communities That Care®. This system has effectively assisted communities across the country to reduce the incidence among young people of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, violence and delinquency. For the five years before that, Terry served as Coordinator of Organizational Support for the Everett Public Schools in Everett, Washington. He coordinated several school improvement initiatives, facilitated strategic planning and leadership events, and led workshops and courses for teachers and administrators. As a consultant, Terry has facilitated planning, conflict resolution, and teambuilding sessions for a variety of organizations. In addition to his work as a Positive Discipline Associate, he has led workshops and retreats in Courage to Teach, school change and applied learning at regional and national conferences.
For twenty-two years, Terry taught kindergarten through grade 8, first in Chicago and then in Washington State with one year on an International Teaching Fellowship to Melbourne, Australia. He has used Positive Discipline in his classroom and home since 1988. After working for many years with students, parents, teachers, and principals to explore various strategies for improving learning in schools, he is convinced that the concepts and tools of Positive Discipline are critical to achieving equity AND excellence for every student in every school.
Terry’s spouse of thirty years, Lynn, is a licensed massage therapist with a private practice in Seattle. They have two children, Alex, 24, and Jenny, 22.
Terry grew up in Connecticut and received a BA in American History from Yale University. He received a Master’s degree in elementary teaching from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Education, home of John Dewey and Benjamin Bloom. In 1989, he completed his administrative credentials at the University of Washington’s Danforth Program.
Terry is an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University. He has published several articles on teaching, learning and school change.
Sample Workshop Topics
Positive Discipline in the Classroom
Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
Positive Discipline for Parents
Positive Discipline: the Missing Piece of School Reform
Class meetings the Positive Discipline Way
A brief introduction to Positive Discipline
Sorting out our Assumptions about Kids, Learning, and Discipline.
What Participants in Terry’s Recent Workshops have said:
“Compelling content, interactive throughout. Thank you.”
“Nice tone set., relaxed but focused. Bring Terry back.”
“He kept us moving. Good “movement” activities. Organized!”
“Wow! Brought new empathy for my students and insight into my teaching through role plays, brainstorms, activities. Very powerful way to convey the material. Bring Terry back for follow-up.”
“I liked the fact that Terry shared from his own experiences—both successes and failures and that he allowed people to ask questions and share experiences. He did not seem to be rushing.”
“Anyone who is teaching parenting class should take this class. It will expand what you are doing.”
“Very positive, experiential, powerful and real.”
“The best use of time of any workshop I’ve attended!! Thank you!”
“I was significantly challenged, a paradigm shift occurred when I began to learn that a child does not need to suffer to learn and that a child does well when they feel good.”
“The workshop was great blend of the theoretical and the practical.”