Terri White is a long-time educator. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in English and Library Science, White began her career as a school librarian. After starting their family in the late 1970s, White and her husband Steve chose to homeschool their children. Curriculum was sparse. However, homeschoolers in the 1980’s were a tough bunch, trailblazing the way by writing their own material. Soon homeschool book fairs dotted the countryside from the east coast to the west. Today, curriculum abounds for today’s homeschoolers – at book fairs, at your neighborhood stores, and at the touch of the finger with Internet access.
In 1983, White formed Johnson County Homeschool Association, the first and only a support group for several surrounding counties. She served as president for several years. Although the organization has experienced a few name changes, it still thrives today. Over the years, White has helped families get started in homeschooling, counseled with parents, evaluated and advised in curriculum decisions, and spoken on homeschooling in various venues.
During the 1990s, White wrote a series of articles for various magazines and published those in a book entitled Successful Home Schooling. By 1999 White had graduated her three children, and they were off to college. Then a friend asked if she would teach her homeschooled teens English composition skills. A new adventure bloomed.
Using the approach she taught her children, White wrote her own high school curriculum for beginning, intermediate, and advanced English composition skills. Write Right with Mrs. White was born. Since then, White has taught homeschooled teens in her home, at homeschool co-ops, and in private schools. Ten to fifteen students fill each class with students not only from Johnson County, but also from Somerville, Hood, and Tarrant Counties.
Meanwhile, White found time to volunteer with East Cleburne Community Center, a charity for at-risk youth. For several years, she served as the Chairwoman of the Board. She also participated in Leadership Cleburne, a Chamber of Commerce program.
In the spring of 2013, White formed T.E.A.C.H. – To Encourage and Challenge Homeschoolers. T.E.A.CH. is a university-style school offering `a la carte classes for Kinder through 12th grade for students who are homeschooled. Students can enroll in one class or several. Because each teacher is an independent contractor, students sign up with the individual teachers.
Terri is also a contributing writer for the Sunday edition of the Cleburne Times-Review.
For some family-friendly reading, find Terri's book, "Back Porch Musings", on Amazaon https://a.co/d/iEmYezn .
You will also find her essays on her Facebook Page.