Terry, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, has a B.A. in Education and an M.S. in Elementary Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Terry has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum specialist since his teaching career began in 1984. Terry, who is married with two daughters, received Citicorp Corporation's Innovative Teacher of the Year Award and Emerson Electric Corporation's Teacher of Excellence for curriculum he developed and implemented. He has published four novels for young people and was awarded the Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher award for 2015 by the Lutheran Education Association.