Board of Directors

 

Christine TerryChristine Terry, Founder & Executive Director

Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Park University, a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and is currently working on her Special Education Teaching Credential (Education Specialist in Mild to Moderate Disabilities) at Loyola Marymount University. 

Christine’s comprehensive training is integral to helping families navigate the state and school systems, advocating on behalf of special needs children at the School District’s SST & IEP Meetings (Eligibility, Annual and Tri-Annuals) and The Regional Center’s IFSPs, IPPs, and Appeals. Additionally, she is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy but embraces a combination of both ABA, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Floortime (DIR/Play Therapy). Christine is also a former professional nanny and utilizes her knowledge of family dynamics to help families instill positive behavior boundaries at home.

In 2013, Christine set forth on a quest to combine her passion for advocacy with her love of education. She began privately tutoring students struggling in school but quickly realized that their poor grades were a often a symptom that something else was wrong: a behavior challenge, learning difference, social skills need, or family dynamic concern. In response to this overwhelming need, she created the One Wraparound Support Service for The Struggling Student, combining Academic Support, Behavior Management, and Education Advocacy to bridge the gap between home and school services. Christine founded Terry Tutors Specialized Education Services on the premise that collaboration between the parent, the school and the state is the key to a student’s success story and made it her mission to help families and schools communicate more effectively to ensure the student gets the right support in and out of the classroom.

 

Elisabeth Miller PictureElisabeth Miller, President

Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a practicing speech-language pathologist who has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including public schools, private practice, and home health. Elisabeth is a current member of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TXSHA). Elisabeth has completed advanced coursework and specialized training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Pediatric Aural Habilitation, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fluency Disorders, and holds certification through The Hanen Centre. She has volunteered for CLASP (Connective Link Among Special Needs Programs) International where she provided materials, resources, and training on Autism Spectrum Disorders to doctors and student clinicians at the University of Zambia.

Elisabeth is excited to be joining Terry Tutors as President of the Board of Directors. As a speech-language pathologist she has a vested interest in supporting programs that teach students with unique needs and is passionate about providing a strengths based model of care. Elisabeth strongly believes that all children can learn with the right supports in place and has seen firsthand the disconnection between the home and school environments. Terry Tutors’ One Wraparound Support Service sets it apart from other organizations and is vital for achieving successful outcomes for students.

 

Laura GonzalezLaura Gonzalez, Vice President

Laura holds a Masters of Occupational Therapy program from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a focus on the science and art behind supporting children and adolescents with special needs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz with additional coursework in Early Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Anatomy, and Physiology.

Laura’s dedication to helping children with physical and sensory needs is a passion she carries with her in and out of the classroom. She has previous work experience as an Instructional Aide in elementary schools as well as the 400+ hours of volunteer work, nationally and internationally for children, who have a variety of special needs, including attention deficit hyperactive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Most recently, Laura traveled to Mexico to provide therapy for children with cerebral palsy and distribute wheelchairs to local community members. Experience abroad has equipped Laura with a culturally holistic approach to working with families. She is excited for the opportunity to work with Terry Tutors to provide families with the highest quality support possible.

 

 

Lydia Butterfield PicLydia Butterfield, Treasurer

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance, Lydia began learning the finance-industry ropes with international conglomerate Kohler Co. As she climbed the ladder, working both in the US and Europe, her accounting and strategic analysis skill set provided insight into company structure, business organization and financial forecasting. With 11 years of leadership experience for world-class global manufacturing organizations, Lydia is a valued strategic business partner for senior business leaders serving as an advisor and developing long term relationships for the success of the organization. 

A good nonprofit is run like a good business. Lydia’s skills in analyzing existing operations and implementing effective systems to improve performance and profitability is an integral part of the Board of Directors. She is excited to apply her financial knowledge to the nonprofit sector, helping Terry Tutors develop a clear financial path that will sustain itself for the long-term.

 

 

Anne Esparaza picAnne Esparza, Secretary

Anne graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Music and a Teacher Certification. She was awarded a Masters degree in Education Administration from North Texas State University in Denton. From 1995-1997, she served in the United States Peace Corps as an English Teacher in Genada, West Indies. Upon returning to Texas, Anne became a Middle School Music Teacher, spearheading their band program as Director for 19 years. After her retirement from teaching, Anne moved in to Administration where she currently works as a Human Resource Specialist for a small public school district near El Paso.

Anne is passionate about education and serving the underprivileged children in her community. With over 25 years of international and stateside education experience, Anne knows that to help a child value success we must look at whole student and not just the problem presented. She is excited to be a member of the Board of Directors because Terry Tutors takes a collaborative approach to student success, making sure to work with teachers, administrators and parents in a unified way.

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