As an educational leader, Shannon Terry has a deep understanding of urban school systems and consistently demonstrates her commitment to advancing equity by responding to, and influencing, the larger political, social, and cultural context. As Director of Professional Learning for the Arlington ISD (Texas), Ms. Terry leads all aspects of professional learning and serves as a key strategist for continuous improvement. She is a true change leader skilled at energizing groups and challenging the status quo.
Prior to Arlington ISD, Ms. Terry served the Garland ISD as Director of English Language Learners (ELLs). Under her leadership, ELLs, who had previously been denied the opportunity to participate in a Choice of School Program, associated with a longstanding desegregation court order, were allowed to do so. While in Garland ISD, Ms. Terry provided leadership for the establishment of an ELL intake center, health outreach clinic, and evening study centers.
Additionally, Ms. Terry has enjoyed traveling to school districts across the U.S. as a national consultant with Modern Red School House, and teaching at the university as an adjunct professor. Ms. Terry is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program for Global Educational Leadership at Lamar University and expects to graduate in June 2017.