Terri Martinez-McGraw has served in a variety of roles related to children and families over the past 30 years, both in Colorado and nationally. She has a vast array of experience with youth and families, having served as a foster parent, therapist, special education teacher, principal, and school administrator. She has managed Title One, family engagement, special education, adult education, online schools, and experiential education programs for throughout her career, and has also been a consultant to the Colorado Department of Education.
Terri was the Director of Student Support Services for Pueblo City Schools in Pueblo Colorado. In that capacity she implemented an effective truancy reduction program that entailed collaboration with the greater Pueblo community and the 10th Judicial District Court, and created a family advocacy program called Project Respect, which was recognized as one of the top truancy reduction programs in the United States. She garnered extensive experience in designing effective dropout prevention programs for schools and communities while working as an assistant principal in an alternative school. She has also worked as a mental health therapist specializing in trauma informed care, implementing these skills professionally and during her 14 years of foster parenting.
She has authored and assisted in the writing of many successful grants to serve “at promise” students. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in Spanish, a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in mild, moderate, severe needs and a master’s degree in educational leadership with a Principal License. Terri is also a certified trainer in Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers. She has also assisted in many legislation initiatives in the state of Colorado. Terri served as a Chief Officer for an online school for four years. During that time, she defined attendance in an online setting and developed strategies to engage the online learner and enhance parental involvement.
Terri has provided professional development to many educators, judicial personnel, social workers and community members in multicultural communities. Topics include creating problem solving courts, trauma informed care, staff self-care, school engagement, and student graduation attainment.