Terry Thompson likes to help people. That’s why he became a teacher, a literacy coach, 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.” 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.” He currently works as an editor for Stenhouse Publishers.
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