Born and raised in Oklahoma, Terry Sullivan Adams received both Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma prior to moving to Corvallis, Oregon in 1981. She received her B. A. in Education from Oregon State University in 1988.
Adams began her professional career with children practicing juvenile law and most of her professional life has been in education: teaching at the elementary and university contexts. Prior to becoming part of the O.S.U. College of Education faculty in 2004, she was the coordinator/teacher of the “Even Start” literacy program, housed in a local elementary school. She has since studied with Dr. Temple Grandin (autism), Dr. Deborah Ball (mathematics education) and John Hunter (World Peace Game). She helped to bring the “World Peace Game” to Corvallis and co-facilitated its implementation in a local elementary school for the first time in 2015.
Adams has been working with OSU’s student teachers since 1991, when she served, first, as a cooperating teacher and, then, as a field supervisor for elementary preservice teachers. Since 2004, she has served as an instructor and university supervisor for teacher candidates (student teachers). She mentors and advises OSU education students in teaching practica (ED 309 and ED 409), mathematics methods courses (ED 457), supporting differentiated environments (ED 340) and student teacher seminars.
Terry Adams resides with her husband in Corvallis. She has two children who graduated from Corvallis public schools and are now pursuing higher education in Oregon. Her personal interests include volunteering in schools, reading, bicycling and hiking.