2015: August 15

Terry Lee Marzell will appear at a local authors event at the Ceasar E. Chavez Library in Perris, California, on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature raffles, a children’s storytime and craft, face painting, and refreshments. Terry, who will be one of two featured speakers, will talk about her two published works, Chalkboard Champions: Twelve Remarkable Teachers Who Educated America’s Disenfranchised Students (Tucson: Wheatmark 2012) and Chalkboard Heroes: Twelve Courageous Teaches and Their Deeds of Valor (Tucson: Wheatmark 2015). This event is open to the public and all are invited to attend. The Perris library is located at 163 E. San Jacinto, Perris, California 92570.


2015: June 9

Terry Lee Marzell appeared at the Corona Public Library in Corona, California, for their Book-a-Paloosa celebration and local authors fair.


2015: April 18 and April 19

Terry Lee Marzell appeared at the Barnes and Noble at 3625 Grand Ave., Chino Hills, California, 91719, at 1:00 p.m. for a book signing. Copies of her first book, Chalkboard Champions: Twelve Remarkable Teachers Who Educated America’s Disenfranchised Students and her second book, Chalkboard Heroes: Twelve Courageous Teachers and their Deeds of Valor, were available. “I just love to tell stories about outstanding teachers,” Terry expresses. “And there are so many amazing stories to tell!” The event was scheduled to coincide with this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations.


2015: March 8

The book Launching Party for the new book, Chalkboard Heroes: Twelve Courageous Teachers and Their Deeds of Valor, took place in Chino Hills. Here’s the designer cake created for the occasion.



2014: July 19

Terry Lee Marzell appeared at the Local Authors Fair at the Perris Public Library in Perris, California, on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

2014: January 11

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Terry Marzell participated in the Local Authors Fair held at the Eastvale Community Library in Eastvale, California. Here is Terry with Sharon Edwards, author of the fiction work Pioneer Boulevard.

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Terry Marzell participated in the Local Authors Fair at the Glen Avon Library in Jurupa Valley, California. October 19, 2013.

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Terry Marzell participated in the Local Authors Fair at the Glen Avon Library in Jurupa Valley, California. September 15, 2012.

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picture-4“You know what I love? Stories of awesome people. They inspire, teach, and lead by example. Such is the case with Chalkboard Heroes, a marvelous new book by Terry Lee Marzell… This is a remarkable, inspiring book of – yes, you guessed it – remarkable, inspiring teachers. What springs to mind when I read this? That ordinary people can do extraordinary things. That beliefs COUNT. That teachers are pretty special, indeed… What I love most about this book is the care taken in writing these lives. You can tell that Terry loves teachers, writing, researching, and the selflessness and caring that teachers bring to their students. This book? It’s a gift to the world, an act of love that shows how important teachers are, throughout history. We know the stories of some – Christa McAuliffe, Robert Moses, Dave Sanders. The stories of others I didn’t know both educate and warm my heart, from coping with racism to the frontier, from gender to social change. This is a history book, an ode to the teaching profession, and a deep look into the lives of teachers. But most of all, it’s a compilation of incredible lives, spent in the pursuit of something they cherished. That is, indeed, remarkable.”

—Dr. Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators

You can read the entire review at: www.Wandering


“Today, when teachers are in the throes of bureaucratic paperwork, subjected to administrators who make unrealistic demands, respond to parents who question a teacher’s seemingly unreasonable assignments and deal with students who, the teacher knows, come from incredibly difficult home environments, reading about these teachers’ lives will be an inspiration because, in the end, all a teacher wants to do is teach…I recommend this book to teachers of all grade levels. Middle and high school students would also benefit from the author’s clear, concise and correct telling of historical events and people.”

—Mary Breu, Author, Last Letters from Attu


“What an excellent job done on the chapter for Prof. Henry Cameron!  You actually brought him to life and gave him an identity and an existence. I commend you for your research and writing ability.”

—Donald L. Johnson, Cameron High School Alumni Association



The Press Enterprise in Riverside, California published an article on February 7, 2014, about Terry Marzell’s work as the librarian in the school library at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California.


EASTVALE: School librarian doubles as author

Terry Lee Marzell’s book, ‘Chalkboard Champions,’ tells the tales of 12 teachers who educated disadvantaged students across the nation


As a child, Terry Lee Marzell recalls her mom coming home from her waitressing job and emptying her pockets of tip money on the kitchen table.

She helped her separate the coins in piles for the rent and other expenses.

“€œI remember thinking, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to go to college because I’€™m not paying my bills with rolls of coins,” she said.

Marzell, 58, overcame poverty and a chaotic childhood to become the first female in her family to go to college. She earned two degrees and has been an educator in the Corona-Norco Unified School District the past 33 years.

She taught eight years at what is now Corona Fundamental Intermediate School and 17 years at Centennial High School, before arriving at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale when it opened eight years ago.

Marzell worked as a teacher her first three years at Roosevelt and has been librarian the past five.

In 2012, she published a book, Chalkboard Champions, which tells the stories of a dozen teachers who educated historically disenfranchised students, including Native Americans, blacks, Latinos, immigrants, orphans and the disabled.

“€œI’m hoping that respect for the profession will be raised,”€ Marzell, a Chino Hills resident, said. “€œI hope that people will understand that, in general, teachers are very hard-working dedicated people who truly care about kids. They do amazing remarkable things. They are unsung heroes.”

Marzell, whose parents divorced when she was 2, was raised by her mom, who struggled to put food on the table.

“€œThere were times we didn’€™t eat,”€ she said. “€œWe didn’€™t have a TV in my house until I was 12.”€

Marzell got an allowance of five cents a week, which she saved to buy books. She remembers reading the same five books over and over because money was so scarce.

“€œIn those days,”€ she said, “€œyou could buy a book for 50 cents plus three cents tax. So it took me 11 weeks to save the money to buy a new book.”€

After graduating from high school, she worked in clerical jobs at a hospital in Orange County while she went to college. Marzell said she took a 22-percent pay cut when she got her first teaching job in 1981.

“To me, it was not about the money,”€ she said. “€œIt was about being in the classroom and helping students achieve their goals.”€

Marzell, who has been married to her husband Hal for 15 years, said her book is available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The article, which was published Saturday, February 7, 2014, can be viewed at this link: Inland Area Press Enterprise.