Administering Changing in Memphis: Tim Terry

By September 20, 2016Educator Spotlight

With a strong passion for reform and inside knowledge of Memphis schooling from being a graduate of Fairley High School, Tim Terry’s zeal for education has always been at the forefront of his mind. This fiery energy for providing leadership and guidance to children has led him to now being the Dean of Students for Memphis Delta Prep.

“Being the Dean of Students at MDP gives me the opportunity to reach students sooner, before they’ve potentially slipped through the cracks,” Terry said. “Also, being from Memphis, I see the need for quality education city wide. I have lived in other major cities and see the improvement needed here to have competitive students in society.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-7-33-34-amTerry spent the past 12 years working as a Case Worker/Behavior Specialist in the Alternative School Division and has held a role in education for 13 years total.

My initial reaction was how ineffective the policies and procedures were at addressing student behavior, which is also the reason I needed to continue,” Terry said.

“I was neither excited or nervous, but determined to administer change.”

 After a lot of diligence, patience, and devotion Memphis Delta Prep opened it’s doors to students this fall as a tuition free charter school for K-4 students.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-7-32-59-am“MPD offers the South Memphis community another option, which happens to be the best option,” Terry said. “We have canvassed this community going door to door, and meeting parents and businesses for months. People in the community were bewildered that a school would do this, but there is a huge connection when the community has buy-in with a neighborhood school.”

At the end of the day, Terry doesn’t just want to be a part of the educational changes taking place in Memphis; He wants to lead them.

“I’m a strong advocate for reform and I believe that starts with education. The best way to impact change, I believe, is from inside the system.”

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