During his previous term on the NCSS Board of Directors (July 2011-June 2014), Terry chaired several board "ad hoc" committees, visited several congressional offices, and was elected to the Executive Board of NCSS. A high school teacher for the past 20 years, he has served as Educator Advisor for the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, the Dallas Holocaust Museum and is active with the Educators Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.
At the local and state level, Terry has chaired various committees, and has been selected by members of his local council and the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) to represent them for different council offices, including president of both. While president of his local chapter, he arranged a debate with local and state candidates running for school board. During his time as President of TCSS, he transitioned the council’s meetings from paper to paperless, and New Mexico Council for the Social Studies (NMCSS) and TCSS for the first time co-sponsored a state conference. While president of TCSS during the NMCSS and TCSS hosted conference, the hosting city awarded a local person as "a friend of social studies," for the first time.