Growing up, Terencia always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She also knew that the path to this goal led her to and through college. So when she joined the KIPP family in 2002 as a 7th-grade student at KIPP Austin College Prep, she began hearing from teachers about their commitments to getting their students to college, and she knew it was the right place for her. Just 12 years later, she graduated from Concordia University in Austin, Texas, and quickly returned to KIPP, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
After college graduation, Terencia taught at KIPP Austin Connections for six years as a Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth-grade teacher. Over that span, she began realizing that, while she loved the work, she had aspirations of reaching even greater numbers of students, far more than the classroom or an entire grade level could provide.
In 2021, she applied for and was accepted as Assistant Principal of Instruction at the new school, KIPP Alegría Primary School. And in just her second year there, she was promoted to school leader.
Terencia values academic excellence, equity, joy, and the provision of high-quality education for all. She is not only constantly chasing growth to close the opportunity gap but believes in liberating students through education. She believes that with high expectations and strong relationships, students will ALWAYS rise to any occasion, including her children, who are Little KIPPsters ate KIPP Alegria.