My name is Terri Gibson. I have been a high school teacher in the state of Oregon for the past 20 years. Having grown up in a home with two educators as parents, i have always been drawn to the teaching profession. After testing the waters as a special education teaching assistant in Tucson, AZ, and completing a year running an after school tutoring program as an Americorps volunteer in Flagstaff, AZ, I was certain that the teaching profession was my path. After my first three years as a teacher in Clackamas Community College’s Tri-City Alternative Program, I quickly learned that education is not “one size fits all”. Through my experience in working with students who are considered “at-risk” at both Mt. Scott Learning Centers and New Urban High School, I began to fully understand the obstacles and barriers that many students face in learning. In continuing down the path of teaching students who are considered at-risk, i have honed my skills in working with students on a more personal level to attempt to remove these obstacles and barriers to learning.
My passion for teaching has always been in teaching students about their environment. I love to get students OUTSIDE! As a science teacher, I have led students on many adventures in learning about their environment. Getting my hands dirty along side of my students is something that I truly enjoy. Whether its digging up Himalayan Blackberry or searching through leaves and muck for macro invertebrates, I love passing on knowledge and excitement of our natural world to my students. I have also discovered that I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.
I look forward to my 14th! year as a science teacher at Clackamas Web Academy!