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2024 HCPS Hall of Fame Inductee: Terri Wainwright
Terri Wainwright, English Teacher and Mentor Teacher
27 Years of Service to HCPS (1977-1980, 1988-2012)

Ms. Terri Wainwright received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.  After serving as a teaching assistant at Harford Community College (1971-1975) and Dundalk Community College (1975-1976), she accepted a position with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) in 1977 to teach English to grades 9-12 at Bel Air High School.  During her time at Bel Air High School, Ms. Wainwright also served as coordinator of Gifted and Talented Instruction and as a consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Gifted and Talented Education.  In addition, she was a cheerleading and volleyball coach.  Ms. Wainwright taught at Bel Air High School until 1980 when she briefly paused her career. 
She returned to HCPS and Bel Air High School in 1988 as an English teacher and remained in that role until 2003.  During that time, Ms. Wainwright was the Literary Magazine advisor, English Department chair, and coordinator of the Professional Development School Partnership with Towson University.  She actively participated in countywide curriculum development and presentations for the areas of creative writing, English 9-12, Advanced Placement, and differentiation for Gifted and Talented students and special education students.  Among other accomplishments, Ms. Wainwright was co-creator of the Master Tutor Program for Cooperative Learning.
In 2003, Ms. Wainwright was promoted to a Secondary Mentor Teacher at Bel Air, Fallston, and Joppatowne high schools.  She presented professional development countywide for other mentors, new teachers, and school staff, and delivered mentor training sessions at county, state, and national conferences.   Ms. Wainwright also served as a MSDE Governor’s Academy Instructor for English and co-authored several professional publications:  Differentiating Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students, Professional Development in a Professional Development School Partnership, and Mentoring Career Changers.
Ms. Wainwright retired from HCPS in 2012 after dedicating 27 years of her notable career to her students and colleagues in Harford County and to the greater education community.