Terri Pappas, Community Representative

 

Terri Pappas joined our Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as both our Vice-Chair and Chair throughout her time on the Board! Terri has also served as the Vice-President of the District 6 Board of Education since 2015. Terri’s work on the Board of Directors and with the SEVA Community has been instrumental in building bridges for our students and the young mothers in our program. Terri is an incredible member of our Board of Directors, and we are grateful that we are able to shout her out in today’s blog!

What is your favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors?

The best part of being involved with The Greeley Dream Team is interacting with young people and their families. I love being on the Scholarship interview team, attending sixth-grade family meetings, and attending the annual golf tournament.

What influenced you to serve on the Board for the Dream Team?

I grew up in poverty, living with a single mother and limited access to resources. I had no vision or dream of what I wanted in my future other than to leave my current situation. I was married early, divorced early, and a young mother. At some point, I realized I needed to create a different story for me and my children. I started school at Aims, transferred to UNC, and became a teacher. I have been in education since 1982.

When I was given the opportunity to serve on the DT Board, I knew it would be the chance to support young people as they followed their journeys in achieving their dreams.

What does it mean to you (personally and/or professionally) to serve on the Board?

The Greeley Dream Team offers our students access to resources and a consistent hands-on support system from middle school to college. I am proud, honored, and humbled to be part of such an amazing organization.

Professionally, as a District Six Board member, I know that my service on the Dream Team board provides a bridge from the Dream Team to District Six.

What advice would you give a Dream Team student who one day wants to work in your field?

Believe in yourself. Know that you are worthy, you are valued, and you are resilient. You can be what you want to be, and there are multiple resources available to support you at all levels in your education. Be brave, take risks and use your voice to ask for what you need and offer what you can give.

What did you study in college?

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary/bilingual education. I continued to get an endorsement in English as a Second Language, a masters in Middle School education, and an administrator’s license.

What inspired you to work in your field?

I love young people, and I love supporting students as they learn to read, to do math, to question, to problem solve, and to offer solutions.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I love to take long walks with my dog Chica.