This is a difficult blog for us to post and will not be an easy read for many of you. I can assure you that those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Terry Simpson everyday are trying to soak up all of his wit and wisdom before he calls it a day. Please follow our Maryville College Teacher Licensure Facebook page to monitor the events being planned to celebrate the man, the myth, the legend, but most importantly, our friend...Dr. Terry L. Simpson. BL, AO, and BW
Dr. Barbara Wells
Vice President and Dean of the College
I have always told my faculty in the Maryville College Teacher Licensure Program that when I am no longer an asset to the program, I do not want to stay in my position. It seems that I have reached that point. For this reason, I will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.
If I may quote the Holy Scriptures that I read, “I have finished my course.” At the close of the 2017-2018 academic year, I will have completed 44 years as a teacher. This pilgrimage began in 1973 in Knox County Schools as a teacher at Cedar Bluff Middle School. It was the realization of my dreams as a 7th grader.
At the close of this academic year, I will have completed 28 years at Maryville College. When I came to Maryville College, the Tennessee Department of Education was restructuring teacher education in the state. Few people have the opportunity to play a critical role in the initial development of a new program. I was given that opportunity. I have given Maryville College a small amount of knowledge with a tremendous amount of passion as we developed a program that gained a local, regional, and national reputation. We have realized every goal that I had for this program.
As a 7th grader growing up in rural East Tennessee, I could never have dreamed in a million years the experiences teaching would give me. I have taught at the middle school, high school, community college, and college/university levels. I have taught in public, private, and religious education institutions. I have lectured/taught in Haiti, Brazil, the Philippines, Estonia, and Saudi Arabia. To be honest, on many occasions I was scared out of my mind.
However, I must thank numerous individuals for my successful tenure at Maryville College. First, Marcia Keith took a risk and hired someone the polar opposite of her to be her closest colleague. She gave me lots of freedom to develop certain aspects of the new licensure program.
Second, it is impossible to find adequate words to express my gratitude to Alesia Orren, Becky Lucas, and Bonnie West. Each of these individuals brought different skills and expertise to our program. We have had tremendous success and program recognition over the past 10 years, and Alesia, Becky, and Bonnie should receive the proper recognition for this success.
Furthermore, adjunct instructors played a significant role in our program. There were too many to list them all, but three adjuncts played a critical role. The work and expertise of Steve Fugate, Evelyn Homan, and Joe Malloy were essential in the development of our program.
Finally, the Maryville College Teacher Licensure Program would not exist without the students. Some of the most outstanding young men and women that I have ever known have graduated from our licensure program. They embraced our vision of teaching and did the hard work that resulted in the positive recognition that we have received.
A friend once told me that I was the luckiest person on this earth because I have always enjoyed my work. I do consider myself fortunate. I have given Maryville College 28 of the most productive years of my professional life. I do not have any regrets.
Terry L. Simpson,
Director of Teacher Education
Professor of Secondary Education
Director, Maryville College East Tennessee Math/Science Partnership 2008-2012
Fulbright Awards - Estonia 2000 and Saudi Arabia 2002