Terri White is a long-time educator. A 1972 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 1970’s, White and her husband Steve chose to homeschool their children.
In 1983, White formed Johnson County Homeschool Association, the first and only 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 1990’s, White wrote a series of articles for various magazines and published those in a book entitled Successful Home Schooling. She and her husband also wrote Good News, a book exploring biblical covenants. 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.
In 2001-02, White participated in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cleburne program, graduating from it in May 2002. As a result, White began volunteering at East Cleburne Community Center, a charitable organization targeting at-risk youth. Soon she joined the Board of Directors, and eventually became the Chairman of the Board.
To provide more opportunities for area homeschoolers, in 2012, White formed T.E.A.C.H. – To Encourage And Challenge Homeschoolers. T.E.A.C.H. is a university-style school offering `a la carte classes for K-12th grade students who are home schooled in Johnson County, Texas, and surrounding areas. At T.E.A.C.H., White not only serves as the founder/director, but also as the English teacher for grades 6-12.
White is also a contributing writer for the Cleburne Times Review.