Terry Lee Marzell is a retired educator, having worked in public secondary schools in Corona, California, for 36 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Fullerton (1981), and acquired her teaching credential in English that same year. She earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2001. In October, 2015, Terry earned her credential in library science at California State University, Long Beach. The credential program included numerous courses in Educational Technology. In 1996, she successfully completed the program for the Inland Area Writing Project. To develop her artistic side, Terry has fulfilled the requirements for Level 1 coursework in interior design at Mount San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, California (2006).
A veteran educator, Terry has taught English, developmental reading, advanced reading, drama, journalism, library science, geography, and interior design. She has also served as her school’s cheerleading adviser for four years, the drama coach for two years, and the newspaper adviser for five years. Throughout her long career, she has worked with English-language learners and students in honors courses, and she has been a mentor for both International Baccalaureate candidates and special education students. She has also mentored several college-level student teachers. Furthermore, Terry has seven years of experience as a home-stay coordinator, English-language instructor, and tour escort for students from abroad.
Terry also served as her school’s Teacher Librarian for eight years. In October, 2015, she earned her credential in library science at California State University, Long Beach. The credential program included numerous courses in Educational Technology. As a Teacher Librarian, Terry taught lessons in research skills and computer literacy; she organized library programming; and she also served as a liaison with local public library personnel who shared the joint-use facility. During this time she published two books about outstanding teachers in American history.
Since her retirement, Terry has volunteered as an adult-literacy tutor for her community library. She continues to write.