Terry Umphenhour has been teaching for 34 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, (USA), from which he also holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Mr. Umphenhour is also certified to teach Special Education for grades K-9.
Prior to joining Concordia in Hanoi in 2015, Mr Umphehour taught and served as principal and assistant principal in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), where he was recipient of the Emerson Electric Teacher of the Year Award (1986) and the CitiBank Teacher of Distinction Award (1987) and taught at Concordia Shanghai from 2005 to 2014, for which he was named Distinguished LCMS Elementary Teacher (2015).
“Helping students reach their highest potential and building global citizens into leaders is why I teach at Concordia,” said Mr. Umphenhour of his work.
Mr. Umphenhour has published four novels, in a series aimed at young adults: “Across a Broken Sky,” which focuses on flight and dealing with tragedy; “Beyond Tears: The Point of No Return,” dealing with rainforest preservation and responsibility; “Cast Upon a Restless Sea,” dealing with the marine environment, scuba, and peer pressure and “Darkness Comes Before the Dawn,” focusing on earth science and empathy.
Mr. Umphenhour’s hobbies outside the classroom include writing, reading and shooting.